For John Elliott, the Lab’s Chief Sustainability Officer, riding an e-bike to the Lab just makes sense. “I look forward to my e-bike commute. It makes the hill up to the Lab very doable. I feel energized – but not so much that I need to take a shower.”

Others in the Lab community can experience the benefits of commuting to the Lab on an e-bike through a special e-bike lease promotion of $50 off the monthly lease cost from Ridepanda.* You can test ride a pedal bike or e-bike from Ridepanda on Wednesday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Guest House parking lot (Lot Z). You can view vehicle options by logging into the Lab’s custom Ridepanda website at

Janie Pinterits, Program Manager in the IDEA Office, has been riding her e-bike rain or shine to reach the Lab’s hill site for three years. “I test-drove several e-bike models and chose the best one for hills. Besides the exhilarating ride, I love not worrying about finding parking. Given how rapidly e-bike design is innovating, leasing seems like a great way to try out and find the best fit without making a significant outlay for a new e-bike.” 

E-bikes need to follow the same requirements as any bike riding at the Lab, which include wearing a helmet and obeying the speed limit, stopping at stop signs, yielding to pedestrians, and riding on roads or in bike lanes. 


*Lab Promotion: The first 80 customers will get $50 per month off the regularly-priced e-bike lease for the first 12 months of the lease.

You can also view vehicle options, book a test ride at your convenience, and check out a vehicle by logging into the Lab’s custom Ridepanda website at


1 Comment

  • Robin Mitchell says:

    Janie — I would be interested in what bike you chose that was good for hills !!