More commuters are choosing e-bikes, saving time, stress and money in the process, NPR reports. “I just really hate driving. The sitting and the being stuck and the waiting is just really not for me,” Lelac Almagor, a Washington DC mom of three, told NPR. “I’m not that spandex cyclist type of person, that’s not me. I really hate biking up hills,” she added, saying once she had kids, “if there hadn’t been a way to [avoid driving] that was convenient and joyful, we would probably still be driving and feeling guilty about it.” While cities, like Denver, Colorado, are offering e-bike incentives, advocates argue officials should be thinking more broadly about how cities and communities are designed so as not to force people to drive.
Meanwhile, in Australia, a different group of advocates is calling on the first major race of the pro cycling season, the Tour Down Under, to drop oil and gas company Santos as its title sponsor. “We got rid of Big Tobacco, we’ll get rid of Santos too,” elderly women along the roadside chanted after mooning the riders as they raced past in Adelaide. Professional cycling is both vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and has been a forum for sportswashing with numerous top teams sponsored by fossil fuel companies. (E-bikes: NPR; Pro cycling: Bloomberg $)