Kaiser Permanente E-Bike Pilot Project

Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at PSU, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, and Drive Oregon teamed up to undertake a two-year initiative looking into the potential role e-bikes might play in first/last mile commuting. TREC simultaneously conducted a study on the initiative, which hoped better understand perceptions and usage of e-bikes for non-traditional bicycle users. The initiative was a way to test whether e-bikes can be one solution to help reduce single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) use. 

More than 30 foldable e-bikes from distributor Currie Technologies have been loaned out to Kaiser Permanente employees at three different Portland campuses for up to 10 week segments.  The project hoped to appeal to a broader range of people who may not consider themselves "cyclists." At the same time, it aimed to create a replicable model for e-bike deployment at other institutions.

The project ran from April, 2014 to September, 2015 and over 150 employees particpated in the program.

Read the Final Report here: "Evaluation of Electric Bike Use at Three Kaiser Permanente NW Employment Centers in Portland Metro Region".

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Participants in this pilot project were invited to visit our participant resources page. This page provides information on safety, public transportation, and resources specific for e-bikes.