Why more and more Nashvillians are turning to e-bikes to get around

Rachel IacovoneWPLN News

E-bikes have started to spread in Nashville, and a ruling last year allows them on the city’s greenways.

Electric motor bikes have been a subject of controversy since their arrival in Nashville. The local government has debated restrictions like where e-bikes should be allowed and how fast they should go.

But last year, Nashville began allowing them on the city’s greenways, with a 15-mile-per-hour speed limit. And for about a year, the BCycle self-service bicycle program has had an electric fleet.

With e-bikes becoming more popular in the city, Walk Bike Nashville began soliciting feedback from riders. The group held a roundtable on Wednesday about how e-bikes could fit into the city’s future.

Lindsey Ganson says older riders who thought their days of riding were over are turning to e-bikes to ride again. And they’re a great option for new riders, who aren’t sure about riding around town.

She says getting assistance when riders try to climb a hill or get their horns honked can help people feel more confident.

“That’s especially important in a city like Nashville where we have so many hills, and we also have pretty extreme heat in the summer and also aggressive driving,” she said.

As Nashville’s population grows and the roads get busier, Ganson hopes more people will turn to e-bikes for commuting.

She says Walk Bike Nashville will continue to push for protected lanes and other cycling infrastructure, and to make cycling more accessible throughout the city.

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