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A New Twist

Published: September 02, 2015

Eugene Electric Bicycle

Today several members of Travel Lane County – Eugene Cascades & Coast had an opportunity to try something old with a new twist. We rode electric bikes! Eugene Electric Bikes in downtown Eugene, close to our convention facilities, offered up an opportunity to try out their bikes.

Eugene Electric Bicycle2It’s been a bit of time since I last rode a bike but the old adage is that you never forget how to ride a bike. The type of memory which understands the ‘how and what’ of things is the procedural memory, which is basically attributed with keeping a ‘know-how’ of things. It is an unconscious memory, which helps you understand how stuff works. Once you learn how to ride a bike, you can never forget it because it gets stored within the procedural memory, making it impossible to get out. I actually looked this up before heading out to test out the bikes.

Eugene Electric Bicycle3

Looking at the bike you see the basic concept of a bicycle with an added battery located on the frame, just under the adjusting seat, a power assist button and a throttle. The bike I rode had 7 fully functional gears that worked without the throttle assist – and yes I remembered how to ride the bike. After riding for a moment the key was turned on to the battery, I pushed the throttle assist and it was great. Zipping around made you feel like a kid again, with a helmet on. But I pretended that the wind was whipping through my hair as I turned the corners and had a huge grin plastered on my face. This is certainly one reason I live where I live – the outdoors is accessible and people are always creating new ways to enjoy it. So come join me, I think that I shall be renting a bike soon for a zip around the bike trails.

Author: Juanita Metzler, CMP

A native Oregonian, Juanita Metzler loves business and event planning. When not working an event or visiting with planners she enjoys traveling, anything with the Oregon Ducks, trips to the beach and volunteering, with a cup of tea in her hand. She is the Senior Director, Conventions for Travel Lane County.