E-bikes for all!
Almost one month ago, noted surf stylist and artist Tyler Warren had enough. Taking to Instagram, the San Clemente local became furious at the scourge of e-bikes stuffing Lower Trestles sacred cobbled stone and penned, “The time has come to put our foot down and stop the use of Electric Bikes in California State beaches and parks,” writes Tyler. “Please sign the petition in my bio and help keep our special places not over run with excess of people and over useage that takes away from the beauty and peace of our last naturally beautiful places. The electric bikes have gotten so bad they are littered up and down beautiful state park beaches on a daily basis. It makes it feel like the 405 freeway when your out to get your fill of beach sand and ocean.”
Any surfer who has traipsed the trail from Carl’s Jr. to Lowers, on foot, has been wildly awed by the rise of the machine. E-bikes, piloted by children, teenagers, grown adults zip by at very fast speeds, whirring environmental happy (unless their charge comes from coal burning power plants). As Warren notes, though, there are many.
Well, outdoor retail giant REI wants to make sure there MORE by pushing the E-Bike Act to its 2.3 million Instagram followers, inviting them to sign a petition that would “tell Congress to pass the E-Bike Act to create a 30% tax credit of up to $1500 on the purchase of new e-bikes.”
Clearly purely altruistic but who do you think the average e-bike consumer is? Impoverished environmentalists looking for a cleaner way to get to work, cleaning the air and reducing hair-pulling traffic on roads?
Though, I’d imagine some enterprising San Clemente parents may get in on the deal too.
E-bikes for all!