Recently, we got to reconnect with a local CleanTech company Glide Cruisers, USA. Glide makes “adult sized” electric scooters or as they refer to them “electric stand-up” cycles that are an excellent short-range transportation solution and are super fun to ride! The company was founded by Christopher Wiggins who envisioned a personal transit option that combined performance with fun and excitement. Having competed in downhill skiing and waterskiing, Chris wanted to build a machine that mimicked the G-forces you feel while going fast in a standing position! While visiting his plant in Rancho Cordova, I got to test one of the FAT tire cruisers and can say with authority, THEY ARE EXCITING! It would have been great for me at Burning Man, where I did actually see a number of Glides transversing the Playa.
Recently he has connected with new partners who have helped him simplify manufacturing and supported his ability to expand production. He has also added additional sales support to expand his customer base especially in the Police / Public Safety Markets. Glide Patrol (division of Glide Cruisers) is working to provide police departments with Electric Patrol Cruisers and has recruited a team to help PD departments fund them through private and government grants. We could be seeing local officers riding around on locally built Glide transportation! Glide is an example of a local company growing smart and manufacturing quality products right here in our region.
Chris wants to grow the company and is looking to bring Glide products to more exciting sport markets including off-road single track for those of you who are downhill mountain bikers. While they are keeping their actual development goals underwraps it closely connected with Chis’s need for speed and downhill skiing background!
Glide keeps it exciting by participating in local events like Bike Party with LED illuminated bikes and works closely with the art community with his personal art project Circle of Friends. If you want to learn more about Glide check them out here! We are hoping to bring them out to a Cleantech meetup this Spring / Summer. Demo rides then or feel free to reach out to Chris to schedule one. www.glidecruisers.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Thomas is the Executive Director of CleanStart. Thomas has a strong background in supporting small businesses, leadership, financial management and is proficient in working with nonprofits. He has a BS in Finance and a BA in Economics from California State University, Chico. Thomas has a passion for sustainability and a commitment to supporting non-profits in the region.