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Mid-America Transportation Center

Impact of Electric Bikes on Rider Safety on Campus - Phase I


University of Kansas

Principal Investigator
Christopher Depcik
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Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided
USDOT: $74,781
Additional Funding: $36,626
Total Project Cost
$ 111,407
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Brief Description of Research Project
Electric bikes, or e-bikes, provide a potentially significant avenue to facilitate large reductions in greenhouse gases and hazardous emissions while promoting the usage of public transportation. However, no research exists on how these faster, heavier, and quieter vehicles impact rider safety. In this effort, a biomechanically designed e-bike will be driven throughout a campus environment in order to obtain quantitative and qualitative data on its operation under low, medium, and heavy traffic scenarios. Data will include e-bike battery and motor parameters while also capturing the interaction of this e-bike with the surrounding pedestrians, other cyclists, and motor vehicles. This will result in the development of e-bike models for driving simulator, gap acceptance, and emissions reduction studies.
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Modal Orientation
  • Bicycles and Pedestrians
  • Environment