Earlier in October Katy Savage wrote a nice article about the bikes in the Woodstock Vermont Standard newspaper, you can read it here: http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/10/karl-kemnitzer-inventors-bikes-see-the-light/
The bikes went up to the annual Renewable Energy Vermont conference in Burlington for October 16-17, and were displayed alongside 38 other companies, from small solar, geothermal, and legal companies up to UVM, Stiebel Eltron, and Hydro Quebec. I had a great time, with dozens of cross discipline conversations and spreading ideas about renewable energy and alternative transportation options. One high school teacher may build a bike as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) class curriculum. I also attended one presentation session about the Problems and Risks of Renewable Energy, which was devoted entirely to financial, insurance, and banking concerns. It's been my belief that the chance the sun will come up tomorrow is a safer bet than the price of oil next week, but oh my word now I'm not so sure...
The Burlington Free Press wrote a nice article about the conference and the bikes, which you can read here: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/life/green-mountain/2014/10/16/solar-bike-builder-charges-ahead/17372883/
The Seven Days newspaper also did a short article: http://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2014/10/16/renewable-energy-conference-draws-hundreds
After the conference was over, I rode down to the center of Burlington to take part in an alternative transportation exhibit:
Lineup of Cargo Bikes on Church St, with reclaimed cooking oil truck
in back, and electric cars and natural gas garbage truck across street.
The ride back from Church street went uphill from the lake, around UVM, to the conference building. Normally I find that I can keep up with traffic on an urban street, but this time the bike was faster than traffic because of the bike paths. In between lights our speed was the same, but at each light I was able to ride up to the stop line, thus gaining 3 or 4 cars each time. A recent commuter test across the Connecticut river from Norwich to Hanover by Vital Communities gave similar results: the bikes took 10 minutes, the bus took 13, and the cars in the test took 20 minutes from start to parked.
I've also attended an Upper Valley Transportation Alliance meeting, and learned about the latest work being done on the Lebanon to West Leb (New Hampshire) rail trail. It's the only slow speed connector in that transportation corridor, so the plans are to make it suitable for bike commuting. Part of the plan includes snow plowing only half of the path for bikes, so that skiers and sleds can use the other half. Now that I'm designing the third bike, I'm starting to pay more attention to fenders and weather shields for year round bike use, so I'd like to end this post with one more link, to a blog about bicycling during winter in Oulu, Finland: http://wintercyclingblog.org/2014/10/17/oulu-finland-winter-cycling-capital-of-the-world/