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Friday, Sept. 9, 2022

If you feel like you’re seeing more e-bikes zooming around Charlottesville lately, you’re not wrong. While they’re not going to be replacing cars anytime soon, the popularity of e-bikes has been steadily growing here since the pandemic started in 2020. Local bike shops have a high volume of customers interested in the strange-looking bicycles, while those who already own one are peppered with questions wherever they go.

Still, many people are hesitant to invest in a bike for one key reason: They’re expensive. For most households, the $2,000 price tag for a basic, no frills e-bike is a steep price for something they’ve never used. It was an issue Charlottesville resident Josh Carp encountered when he was considering an e-bike this spring.

He doesn’t want you to have the same experience.

An e-bike sits outside a brick building with a door leading to a laundry room. A second bike sits in the door. Both bikes have signs hanging from them that read, "Sign up to borrow this e-bike."
Credit: Tristan Williams/Charlottesville Tomorrow

Wanna try an e-bike? Josh Carp will lend you his

So, if you’re considering an e-bike, Carp will lend you his for a week. To spread the word, he created the Charlottesville E-Bike Lending Library this summer. It currently operates out of his laundry room. You can check out the e-bike’s availability at this website.

Here’s a bit more news this week:

Omicron boosters are available in the Charlottesville area

The local Blue Ridge Health District received its first doses of the vaccine Tuesday and began offering them at local clinics Wednesday. There are two boosters currently available that target the dominant COVID-19 variants circulating in the United States, one made by Pfizer, the other Moderna.

To receive a free booster, you can schedule an appointment with the Blue Ridge Health District at this website.

Dozens of other pharmacies in the Blue Ridge Health District are also offering the vaccine. You can find them and schedule appointments at vaccines.gov.

Local firefighters will mark 9/11 anniversary with stair climb

On Sunday, members of the Albemarle County Fire Rescue and the Charlottesville Fire Department will gather at Monticello High School to commemorate the 21st anniversary of 9/11 with their annual stair climb event.

Anyone who wants to participate can join the firefighters at the football field at 8:30 a.m. The group will begin the climb at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first tower was struck, and continue the ceremony with moments of silence at “significant time points from that day in 2001,” according to a news release.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Jessie Higgins, managing editor

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I'm Charlottesville Tomorrow's managing editor and health and safety reporter. If there’s something you think we should be investigating, please email me at jhiggins@cvilletomorrow.org! And you can follow all the work we do by subscribing to our free newsletter! Hablo español, y quiero mantener a la comunidad hispanohablante informada. Si tienes preguntas o información que debo saber, por favor, envíame un correo electrónico a jhiggins@cvilletomorrow.org.