I’m selling my car, so I’m always on the lookout for alternate transport. This electric bicycle from Specialized seems pretty damn cool, if Sri Lankan roads weren’t so damn hostile. There’s one bike path near Independence Square and, randomly, Mattakuliya, but besides that, riding a bicycle in Colombo can be quite dangerous.
What’s cool about this bicycle is that it’s electric, it has a motor which can propel you up to 45 kmph, which is about the speed of a trishaw. During a daily commute, I think your average speed in whatever vehicle is like 10-20 kmph anyways. The battery recharges in 2 hours and having power makes this thing possible for longer commuting, including outstation.
I used to bike all the time (except the winter) in Montreal and I loved it. I honestly thought anyone driving in that city was a shmuck, but – in hindsight – they were kind enough to not actively be trying to kill me. There were bike lanes and bike parking spots and even though one beloved bike was stolen, there was always a steady supply of cheap stolen bikes.
That was there. Colombo isn’t that dense in the first place and you don’t see that many people biking. Motor Biking, but not bicycling, or eBiking or whatever. Still seems like a cool thing. If only there was an equally sophisticated helmet, and horn. Then this sort of thing might be street ready for the global south.