Hurricane Sandy raises Awareness of Need for Alternative Disaster Transportation

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Optibikes are being used during disaster for transportation, distributing supplies.

The affect of Hurricane Sandy has shown the need for alternative transportation means when power is disrupted. When the electric grid goes down, so does the ability for gas stations to pump gas. Individuals are left without the lifeblood of survival, transportation. The American-made Optibike electric bicycle is a powerful viable means for alternative disaster transportation.

“When my family and I do our disaster planning, the Optibike is a vital part of our transportation mix. We realize during extended periods of a disaster, fuel supplies can quickly run out. The Optibike gives us the ability to obtain supplies and obtain emergency services when there is no fuel. We live 10 miles from town, so transportation is essential to obtain supplies,” Jim Turner said.

Optibikes are a simple low energy use vehicle that can transport up to 250 pounds in cargo and a rider for up to 50 miles. The bike is easily charged with $500 worth of solar panels, for an infinite supply of energy.

During Hurricane Sandy, in addition to scarcity of fuel, the roads are clogged with emergency vehicles and cars as public transportation is disrupted. Often roads are blocked to vehicle traffic due to flooding, downed trees or complete destruction of the road surfaces.

Individuals are faced with limited choices in disaster situations. Transportation is necessary to secure emergency supplies, transport victims to medical care and for communication.

The Optibike uses a Surly trailer for a large carrying capacity. Sets of medical supplies and water containers can be transported, up to 36 cubic feet of cargo. It can even transport a person to a medical facility, when the long trailer is covered with a mattress. The Optibike 850R electric bike can be a vital link in disaster transportation.

The unique design of the Optibike, with a large battery and powerful motor make it one of the few electric bikes sold to be able to handle these difficult tasks in a disaster situation. The extra power lets loads up to 250 pounds be transported. The off road set up with dual suspension allows the Optibike to safely navigate damaged roads, even in severely wet conditions.

“The Optibike is built tough and can handle the terrible conditions encountered in disaster situations, allowing individuals to have the life blood of survival, transportation,” Jim Turner said.

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