Almost everything about electric bikes are incredible. Almost. They can be ridden at 20 mph. Since they are electric (no gas = no greenhouse gases!), all you have to do is plug it in and then you will be off; going anywhere between 20 to 40 miles. The only issue? The price.
Ranging anywhere from $2000 to $6000, getting an electric bike, and maintaining it is hard and expensive. This is especially true for college students, who are trying to find cost effective (and just effective in general) transportation.
Luckily, there is a solution—BoltAbout. BoltAbout is an up and coming company that leases electrical bicycles. Founded by Cal Poly students, BoltAbout aims to “Provide innovative transportation to communities that value sustainability, entrepreneurship and wellness.”
Transportation on college campuses is hard enough, but at Cal Poly SLO, the difficulties are even greater. In 2015, they took out one of their main parking garages, further shrinking the already limited amount of parking on campus. The limited parking was a push to get more students to bike more and drive less.
During an interview with William Riggs City and Regional Planning professor, Riggs stated that “innovations are needed” because there are a lot more ways to limit driving that have not been explored yet. “The goal is to get people out of the cars and encourage cycling more,” said Riggs, and BoltAbout it just that.
Officially founded in April 2016, BoltAbout now has over 100 customers; BoltAbout bicycles are seen in bike racks all around campus or speeding up hills effortlessly. They now come in three different versions: BlotClassic, BlotMaster and BoltLegend.
BoltAbout is doing it’s role in making a greener campus and world. So far, BoltAbout has spared 33,545.12 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Now college students, or even the curious buyer, can lessen their carbon footprint in an easy, affordable manner.