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“It’s not any bicycle with a motor, it’s a low-speed electric bicycle, which means the motor has to be under 750 watts which is 1 horsepower,” Hitchcock said. “E-bikes are really just an assisted technology. We don’t think there are a lot of people hankering to go all 92 miles of the road.”

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Ecologist, professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the 2019 recipient of the Volvo Environment Prize, Chapin has built a long and varied career on his study of the Earth’s ecosystems. A true lover of the outdoors, he said a lot of the thinking he does for science happens when he’s out skiing, walking, hiking or the like.


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