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UT Knoxville was featured in several local media outlets for being the first in the nation to launch an electric bicycle sharing program. The pilot program is the focus of a research study by UT civil and engineering assistant professors Chris Cherry and Stacy Worley, and David Smith from biosystems engineering. Cherry, who has studied the use of electric bikes in China since 2005, said information gleaned from the six-month pilot test will be used to gauge the operational and economic feasibility of introducing electric bikes in a shared bike system and also measure the way users respond to them.