E-bike safety class

Jackson Hole Middle School student Grady Lewis, 13, maneuvers his dad’s electric bike through traffic cones last summer during an e-bike safety class at the school. The class taught students about the rules of the road and pathways, safety gear and other precautions needed to ride in Jackson.

Electric bicycles have become commonplace in our valley. Hundreds of commuters and recreational cyclists use them each day as an alternative to vehicles and non-motorized bikes. E-bikes are a tool of freedom, both from traffic, and, for younger riders, from the constraints of parent shuttles or public transit. Whizzing by a lineup of congested cars during rush hour on the adjacent pathway is glorious, and a breath of fresh air from automobile travel.

An article on the e-bike phenomenon in last week’s newspaper is the most popular on JHNewsAndGuide.com, signaling that the story rang a lot of bells.

By the News&Guide’s editorial board: Johanna Love, Rebecca Huntington, Adam Meyer and Kevin Olson.

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