If riding a bicycle isn’t thrilling enough for you, maybe you need a little boost. One option would be to purchase “The Bolt,” an electric bicycle which can speed up to 40 mph. Fully equipped with pedals, The Bolt can limit its speed to 20 mph, so most states do not require riders to have a license, registration, or insurance.
Riders of The Bolt are able to ride in the bike lane of roads, and there is no need to worry about finding, or paying, for a parking spot. “I park mine anywhere I park a bicycle. Next to a standard sign, I put a U-lock around it. Plus this has GPS. So if your bike is even moved, you get a notification right to your cellphone,” Bolt Motorbikes CEO Josh Rasmussen told CNNMoney.
Another benefit to The Bolt is the elimination of a key, as riders are able to power up the bike with an app on their smartphones or enter a code on the bike’s dashboard. Once out of the heavy city traffic, riders are able to switch the bike from economy mode to sport mode to get the bike up to speeds around 40 mph. While the company states that the bike’s battery can last around 30 miles in hilly terrains, the battery should be able to last longer in flatter areas.
One challenge that comes with owning The Bolt is charging its battery while not in use. While the bike has a standard outlet, not many bike racks have outlets nearby to allow owners of electric bikes to charge the battery for the next ride.
Unfortunately, it may be a while before the public can get their hands on a Bolt. The company states that their new bikes are already sold out for the year. New trends such as electric bikes can help curb harmful effects motor vehicles can have on the environment, and are a cost effective mode of transportation.
If you or somebody you know has been involved in an accident while riding a bicycle or motorcycle, please call The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our attorneys are highly experienced in handling auto, bicycle, and motorcycle collisions. Call us, at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation.