Ebikes’ growth in popularity comes with both benefits and challenges. While ebikes’ speed offers a measure of safety when cycling with motor vehicles, its weight makes it difficult to handle. Learn more about older adults and ebikes in this MTI Perspective. The Perspective expands information about ebikes from the 50+ Cycling Survey, Year 4, MTP and dblTilde CORE shared with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Mineta Transportation Institute will publish the Year 4 full report later this year.
Carol Kachadoorian has a breadth of knowledge and expertise in transportation planning and operations, which began in Alexandria, VA, where she served as a transit analyst before leading the City’s first Office of Transit Services. After several years working with a family design-build company and at a major university, Carol returned to the transportation industry with the Washington, DC region’s transit agency. There, she worked in operations and communications before focusing on pedestrian and bicyclists access to transit. Carol’s work with Toole Design from 2008 to 2020 focused on school- and community-based active transportation plans. She started dblTilde Collaborative in 2020, specializing in older adult mobility and wellness. She describes the motivation for this work this way: "At age 60, I began to consider what my professional and personal life would look like during the next 30+ years. Now in my late 60’s, I am working to improve mobility for people as they age."