E-bikes are "white privilege gadgets" for "the laziest demographic in history" - BikeBiz

E-bikes are "white privilege gadgets" for "the laziest demographic in history"

Mikael Colville-Andersen draws criticism for controversial tweet
Publish date:

Leading cycle advocate Mikael Colville-Andersen, founder of Copenhagenize.com, is facing backlash after taking a swipe at e-bikes on Twitter.

Following the reaction from various pedal-assist supporters, Colville-Andersen told BikeBiz he was "expecting it". 

On Sunday night he tweeted: "Some elderly aside, #eBikes are nothing more than #whitepriviledge gadgets for a middle-class with elitist aspirations - probably the laziest demographic in the history of homo sapiens."

Screen Shot 2018-07-09 at 18.01.49

Boston-based cycle advocate Jonathan Fertig was one of many vocal supporters of Colville-Andersen who voiced concerns:

"I greatly respect your work, but this is a garbage take," wrote Fertig.

Many others took Colville-Andersen to task for claiming e-bikes were for middle-class people only, and that using e-bikes was "cheating."

Screen Shot 2018-07-09 at 18.02.15

"Why not rail against derailleurs while you're at it? They also make bicycling easier," argued Barbara Chamberlain, director of the Active Transportation Division in Washington State's Department of Transportation.

She added: "Every person on a bicycle – any bicycle – is a reason to rejoice. Your narrow view of bicycling and careless stereotyping are what's elitist here, not people riding #ebikes."

Unrepentant, Colville-Andersen said: "I rarely go back and read responses to my tweets, so it'll run its course."

Featured Jobs

the cycle hub

Showroom Manager

The Cycle Hub I Dubai, United Arab Emirates I Competitive Package & Bonus I Date Published Tuesday 26th June 2018

Giant St Paul Logo

Bike Fitter / Sales Person

Giant St Pauls I City of London I Salary: Negotiable Dependent on Experience I Date Published Thursday 21st June 2018


Bike Technician

Chain Reaction Cycles I Ballyclare I Competitive Salary & Benefits Package I Date Published Monday 2nd July 2018


Brand Content Writer

Canyon Bicycles GmbH I Koblenz, Germany I Salary: Up to €38,000 I Date Published Tuesday 3rd July 2018


Retail Sales Advisor

Chain Reaction Cycles I Belfast I Competitive Salary & Benefits Package I Date Published Monday 2nd July 2018