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Salem Chosen as First U.S. City to Receive SANYO Hybrid Bicycle

SANYO presented the City of Salem and the State of Oregon with 2 hybrid bicycles today, after the conclusion of the Sustainability Summit.

SANYO eneloop bicycle
Sanyo eneloop bicycle
Photo: SANYO

(SALEM, Ore.) - A public dedication ceremony that was held in coordination with Salem Sustainability Summit, saw SANYO unveil its hybrid electric eneloop bicycle and gift; one to the City of Salem and one to the State of Oregon.

The new eneloop bike, an electric hybrid bicycle concept, stresses ‘looping energy’ or a lifestyle of reusing and recycling. With this new product, clean and reusable energy is “generated, recharged,and conserved” simultaneously.

Energy is generated by the rider, recharging the auxiliary battery, and conserving the energy both from the main battery and the rider.

A brief acceptance ceremony was followed by an inaugural ride in Riverfront Park as the public and media were given a chance to see the eneloop bicycle.

Tim McCabe, OECDD Director, accepted the bike for the State of Oregon. Mayor Janet Taylor accepted the bicycle for the City of Salem.

The event took place at Salem’s Riverfront Park Pavilion.

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Robert February 20, 2009 2:18 pm (Pacific time)

Is there a market for 49cc gas engine powered bicycles? I'm getting ready to build a hybrid gas bicycle for commuting. Salem/Keizer does not have enough secure bicycle parking areas.

ChrisJones February 20, 2009 12:31 pm (Pacific time)

$1400 huh? That's all I need in a depression a bike that costs as much as a car in a climate where it rains most of the year. Don't give these to city workers, let them pedal huffys.

Kevin February 20, 2009 7:30 am (Pacific time)

Good start. Should be able to incorporate into Mt. Bikes or something a bit more substantial and attractive. Several city positions use bicycles now...may be a chance to increase bicycle use (and reduce vehicle use).

Glen February 19, 2009 9:10 pm (Pacific time)

This I've got to see. Sounds like a perpetual motion machine.

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