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WNY E-Bike Pilot

Shared Mobility, Inc. is piloting shared e-bikes in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. With this E-Bike Pilot, we’re laying the groundwork for a more widespread program in future years. Affordable, accessible, and equitable mobility is a human right and actualizing this principle is foundational to our future vision of shared e-bikes in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. With this program, we hope to make bicycling more accessible in our communities than ever in the coming years. 

 

With 50 e-bikes stationed at a handful of locations around Buffalo and Niagara Falls, riders will be able to take the bikes for a spin for free throughout the duration of the program.

As part of this Pilot, East Side Bike Club and Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative will be leading E-Bike Library programming in Buffalo and Niagara Falls respectively. 

E-bikes can take you farther

First time riding an e-bike, and you don’t know what to expect? E-bikes are bikes that give you a boost! We think it will transform the world of transportation and open up biking to many more. The gentle motor assist helps you get up those hills and makes headwinds a thing of the past. 

 

You’ll be amazed at how much further you can ride on an e-bike, all while still giving you the opportunity to get some exercise and fresh air.

How to get involved

Are you interested in joining our community of e-bike riders? We’re looking for pilot riders who are highly motivated to appreciate these incredible community assets as we test out a new mobility program in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. We invite you to join us by participating in e-bike events and programming led by East Side Bike Club and Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative. Learn more about each of these organizations by clicking below. If you are interested in other ways of being involved, please begin by filling out the survey materials below. Participation is completely free, however we are only able to support a limited number of riders this summer!

 

Pilot riders will be introduced to the program and the e-bikes through in person orientation sessions, held outside in a socially distanced setting. Haven’t touched an e-bike before? No problem! Orientation sessions will turn any pedal bike rider into an e-bike rider. Orientation sessions will also be an opportunity for riders to get to know each other and us, a key part of our vision with this project: broadening the community of bicycle riders throughout our city.

Fill out our survey for additional ways to be involved

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Questions? Email the E-Bike Pilot Team: ebike@sharedmobility.org 

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Primary project partners

East Side Bike Club

Since April 2016, the East Side Bike Club (ESBC) has met every Saturday at noon at the head of Martin Luther King, Jr. in MLK park for leisurely-paced rides around the city … The ESBC is a primary project partner for the E-Bike Pilot Program, leading outreach and member services for the program for residents of the East Side of Buffalo and others who participate in their programming.

Create A Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative

The Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative (CHNFC) gives opportunities to residents of Niagara Falls to become change agents … The CHNFC is a primary partner for the E-Bike Pilot Program leading outreach and member services for the program in Niagara Falls.

Other project supporters

People United for Sustainable Housing Buffalo

PUSH Buffalo mobilizes residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing; to expand local hiring opportunities; and to advance economic and environmental justice in Buffalo. PUSH Buffalo is supporting the E-Bike Pilot by hosting the West Side station.

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is hosting a station.

For other ways of being involved, fill out our survey

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not sure about e-bikes, are they safe?


With all new technologies, it's understandable that folks may be weary of trying them out. We believe that e-bikes bring many benefits to the table for bicyclists and would be bicyclists. With this pilot, safety is our number one priority. We are requiring all members of the pilot to wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road at all times while riding one of the pilot e-bikes. Millions of folks around the world are increasingly turning to e-bikes.




When will more become available?


If this summer’s e-bike pilot is successful, we hope to launch more e-bikes next summer.




Do I have to pedal on an e-bike?


Our e-bikes are pedal assist, which means the motor only engages when you are pedaling. With each pedal you’ll feel like a gentle wind is allowing you to sail just a bit further. Our e-bikes do not have a throttle.




What about scooters?


Currently we are not at the point of launching scooters in Buffalo. However we have been looking into it, and that may be a possibility in the near future.




Is this the same as the Reddy bikes?


Similar in aesthetic but not the same! Reddy bikes are 100% human-powered.




Who runs the E-Bike Pilot?


We are SMI. We are the nonprofit team that operates Reddy Bikeshare. The SMI and Reddy teams work in tandem to support one another’s growth. We know e-bikes can open up the world of biking to a wider audience and we’re excited to get more folks out biking with this program.




Where can I legally ride an e-bike?


Yes! E-bikes can be legally operated on any city street in Buffalo. However, keep in mind that riding an e-bike on the sidewalk is illegal … After all, sidewalks are designed for pedestrians, not cyclists.