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« Reply #100 on: October 04, 2018, 06:38:30 PM »
Lit Motors C1 is the one I'd like to see.  However it is showing signs of never exiting vapourware...

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« Reply #101 on: October 29, 2018, 06:00:34 PM »
UPS electric cargo tricycles to expand operations into Seattle
https://electrek.co/2018/10/26/ups-electric-cargo-tricycles/
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« Reply #102 on: November 03, 2018, 06:54:03 PM »
Oops....

Lime pulled 2,000 electric scooters off the street due to threat of fire
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Lime just announced that certain Lime electric scooters have caught on fire, prompting the company’s partial recall.

In a recent statement, Lime confirmed that some of their scooters manufactured by Segway Ninebot contained defects in the batteries.

Lime stated that those defective scooters can smolder or catch on fire in some cases. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/10/31/lime-electric-scooter-fire/
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« Reply #103 on: December 13, 2018, 09:30:30 PM »
Monowheel Z-One is a hilariously awesome looking electric monowheel
https://electrek.co/2018/12/13/vespa-inspired-electric-monowheel/
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« Reply #104 on: January 23, 2019, 06:42:12 PM »
Ojo electric scooters offer Vespa-style alternative to Bird and Lime scooters
https://electrek.co/2019/01/22/ojo-electric-scooters/
Image below.


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Duties up to 79% imposed on Chinese electric bicycles imported to EU
https://electrek.co/2019/01/18/eu-imposes-electric-bicycle-duties/
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« Reply #105 on: August 08, 2019, 07:30:35 PM »
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Darwin Award (@AwardsDarwin) 8/7/19, 8:35 AM
Always look where you’re going.
https://twitter.com/awardsdarwin/status/1159080621886640133
7-sec video at the link.  Optical sensors not working; needs LIDAR. ;D

Image below from:  https://twitter.com/bgilbertpm/status/1159111018330644483
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« Reply #106 on: August 09, 2019, 01:59:37 AM »
^^ Can't make it play :(


But that Darwin Awards site does have some beauties!


They show a cyclist doing a cartwheel over the hood of a parked car.


Driving cab in Las Vegas decades ago I experienced just this. Except my biker was a guy who quickly remounted and screamed that he'd sue as he rode off into the heat.
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« Reply #107 on: August 09, 2019, 02:11:24 AM »
^^ Can't make it play :(

It's a road biker cranking straight into the back of a large, very obvious stopped bus and leaving quite a dent with his head. Good thing he had a helmet on or he really might have been Darwin Award material. But he was still standing (wobbling) afterwards. Pretty funny.  :D

Edit: Oh here's another link. Maybe this one will work?
https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1159080267883196416/pu/vid/640x578/FJ1cQfsqsPPbTgp4.mp4?tag=10
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« Reply #108 on: August 09, 2019, 06:39:51 AM »
petm
 Your link worked as advertised!


Thanks I laughed out loud
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« Reply #109 on: August 24, 2019, 08:11:20 PM »
cross-post:
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A suggestion: On an electric bike or scooter you'll also get there. It just takes a bit longer outside of the city. You'll see more and are not enclosed in a dream-cage. And no parking problems.
A different mindset. The view of cars as nothing more than mobility aid.
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The challenge E-Bikes & E-Scooters face here are two fold. (5 fold)?


No one wants to ride a bike on an icy surface.
Few willingly tackle the rain.
Batteries need to be detachable (to charge, and protect at home)
Motorcycle helmets will fry your brain on a hot summer day.
Freeway motorcyclists too often end up as ugly smudges on guardrails, or rear bumpers. :P


For a good portion of the year here it's too wet, too cold or too icy for a two wheeled solution to be more than a fair weather friend.
Friends used to park Harleys in their living rooms to keep them safe from predators, but stumbling over an E-Bike in the hallway could get old long before the weather turned warm.


As secondary transportation why not!
My dream would include operable pedals and a lockable sidecar for a companion or load of groceries.
Were I younger a folding E-Bike that could fit in the trunk, on a bus or a train might fit the bill - for the warmer months.


But it's a little off topic. :(
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« Reply #110 on: August 25, 2019, 06:28:05 AM »
Don't be a weakling  ;) ;D

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« Reply #111 on: October 03, 2019, 04:58:19 PM »
Brainstorm:  a bicyclist's safety vest with a big orange heart with "I" and "Climate".
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« Reply #112 on: October 03, 2019, 08:01:44 PM »
Nothing is going to safe proper candidates from the Darwin awards. 

My favorite winner is a living guy. He had a chainsaw to trim the hedge. It did not start so he put it between his legs and pulled the chord and then it did start. Their website is quite an entertaining read.

Best thing to do while cycling is paying attention.
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« Reply #113 on: October 16, 2019, 05:06:24 PM »
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Victor (@VictorPontis) 10/15/19, 10:56 AM
Today is the scooter switch over in San Francisco!

Scoot + Skip  →  Scoot (Bird) + JUMP (Uber) + Lime + Spin

Let the games begin again!
https://twitter.com/victorpontis/status/1184120900725170176
- You can use @scootermapapp to find the closest scooter!
< God help you all
<< Which scooter company do you think will fare best in SF?
- Scoot (Bird) then Lime
<< Interesting. Here in Chicago I've been quite impressed with Lime's operations. They seem to be the most creative, proactive company in terms of brand marketing.
< What do you think Lime is doing better than other scooter companies in terms of branding?
<< well here in Chicago they just let a reporter ride along with their employees in their van to write a profile about the work they do deploying and picking up scooters. most of the other companies would be too scared to let a reporter go behind the scenes.
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« Reply #114 on: February 04, 2020, 06:47:40 PM »
from here:
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« Reply #115 on: February 04, 2020, 07:37:47 PM »
The Dutch are really good at this having no mountains and all. Who needs them anyway, right?

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« Reply #116 on: February 09, 2020, 10:59:51 AM »
      Why Finland leads the field when it comes to winter cycling

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2020/feb/08/why-finland-leads-the-field-when-it-comes-to-winter-cycling
  by Peter Walker

      Progressive policies help get people on their bike, even in below-freezing conditions


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In London, where I live, the idea of winter cycling generally involves little more than remembering some gloves and making sure your bike lights are charged. In Joensuu, the compact city in eastern Finland, where I am now, it’s arguably a more serious business.

When I got off the train from Helsinki the temperature was -16C (3F), and hasn’t yet risen higher than -6C. Every roadway, pavement and cycle route is covered in a layer of compacted snow.

Yet, one of the first things you see on the city’s streets are bikes. About 20% of all trips in Joensuu are cycled. This drops by about half in the depths of winter but that’s still far better than most Finnish cities, let alone almost anywhere in the UK.

I’m in Joensuu because I was invited to come and see the Winter Cycling Congress, an annual gathering of researchers, academics and city officials, which is hosted by a different chilly municipality every year.



In terms of the practicalities of riding on snow, Joensuu-like conditions of compacted snow are pretty easy. Almost everyone I’ve seen pedalling around this week has been using everyday bikes with ordinary tyres.

Ari Varonen, the city’s chief roads engineer, told me that Joensuu’s bike routes are ploughed with the same tractors used for roads. They have a blade to push away fresh snow and add grooves to the surface to make it less slippery. The lanes are then gritted, rather than using bike-corroding salt.

But it also has a comprehensive system of separated cycle routes, some just for bikes, others as part of a wide footway. This is particularly crucial, Varonen told me: “A bike lane just painted on the road wouldn’t work here in winter time. If you have packed snow, you can’t even see the marks. So no one would use it.”

Again, we come back to a perennial theme of the bike blog: if you want a lot of people to cycle, you need consistent political will to spend money on proper cycling facilities over the long term.



The city’s mayor, Kari Karjalainen, not only greeted delegates at an opening reception but took his turn pedalling the static bike used to power the event’s PA system.

There are good reasons for this. Joensuu has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2025, a target it will not manage without significantly reducing transport emissions, which make up 70% of the total.

The Finnish government appears equally committed, with a funding programme in place for active travel as part of a target to increase walking and cycling by 30% by 2030. The country as a whole has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030, 20 years before the UK’s deadline.



North Karelia, the Finnish region of which Joensuu is the capital was the base for one of the earliest and best-known public health experiments in history, when 20 years of efforts led to a drop in historically high rates of heart disease, caused by rampant smoking and a diet largely based around animal fats, by about 80%.

But you could take another lesson. The opening event of the Winter Cycling Congress took place at the city’s main school where, the teachers say, about half of pupils still ride to school in winter. On the morning in question, it was -13C and snowing. But the school’s bike racks were full.

That’s perhaps something to think about next time you wonder whether you can face a bike ride in winter.
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« Reply #117 on: February 09, 2020, 11:47:26 AM »
Biking on compacted snow works fine on flat roads. But it's suicidal in a hilly city like mine. So sadly the lessons from that article is not applicable everywhere. "Luckily" it doesn't go below freezing that many days of the year anymore, though.

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« Reply #118 on: March 14, 2020, 08:00:19 PM »
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Last Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced guidelines for containing the coronavirus. They included working from home, avoiding the subway during rush hour, and walking or biking to work if possible.

On Wednesday, New York’s Department of Transportation said that it’s seen a 50% increase in cycling traffic on the bridges that connect Manhattan to Brooklyn and Queens compared to March 2019. Also, New York City’s bike-share program, Citi Bike, announced yesterday that rides are up 67% compared to this time last year.

Transportation Alternatives is pushing for the mayor to encourage more people to walk and cycle by putting conditions in place that make it even safer for cyclists, such as pop-up bike lanes and a subsidized Citi Bike program.

It’s warm — global warming, ahem — so people are outdoors. But it’s good to see people heeding De Blasio’s guidelines and pedaling around the city the green way to keep themselves safe and out of big crowds.
https://electrek.co/2020/03/14/climate-crisis-weekly-bears-hibernation-warm-greta-thunberg-new-york-city-cycling/
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« Reply #119 on: May 28, 2020, 05:44:15 PM »
Uber sends thousands of electric bikes to the scrapheap
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Uber is scrapping thousands of electric bikes and scooters worth millions of dollars after selling its Jump unit to mobility start-up Lime earlier this month.

The firm said it decided to “recycle” the older models that Lime didn’t want after concluding that it would be too complicated to give them away due to the maintenance and technical support that they need.

Footage of the distinctive red Jump e-bikes being destroyed at a North Carolina recycling center was shared on social media on Wednesday by user Cris Moffitt, angering bike enthusiasts around the world. ...
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/28/uber-bikes-scrapped.html
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« Reply #120 on: May 28, 2020, 06:01:20 PM »
Uber sends thousands of electric bikes to the scrapheap
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Uber is scrapping thousands of electric bikes and scooters worth millions of dollars after selling its Jump unit to mobility start-up Lime earlier this month.

The firm said it decided to “recycle” the older models that Lime didn’t want after concluding that it would be too complicated to give them away due to the maintenance and technical support that they need.

Footage of the distinctive red Jump e-bikes being destroyed at a North Carolina recycling center was shared on social media on Wednesday by user Cris Moffitt, angering bike enthusiasts around the world. ...
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/28/uber-bikes-scrapped.html

That is infuriating. It should be illegal.

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« Reply #121 on: May 29, 2020, 06:10:29 AM »
sorta like how they trashed the tramlines, back in the day.

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« Reply #122 on: May 29, 2020, 05:14:45 PM »
At least e-bikes are easier to replace since you are not bound to rails
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« Reply #123 on: May 29, 2020, 06:44:17 PM »
They are deploying newer e-bikes:
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Uber was keen to point out that while many bikes and scooters are being scrapped, “tens of thousands” of newer models are in the process of being transferred to Lime.

“As part of our recent deal, Lime took possession of tens of thousands of new model Jump bikes and scooters,” an Uber spokesperson said.

“We explored donating the remaining, older-model bikes, but given many significant issues — including maintenance, liability, safety concerns, and a lack of consumer-grade charging equipment — we decided the best approach was to responsibly recycle them.”

A Lime spokesperson said: “As part of the Jump acquisition, we took possession of tens of thousands of e-bikes — including the spare parts and tools to fix them — and have already begun to deploy them. ...

I’m sure many individuals and e-bike businesses would have volunteered to take the old bikes, but it’s true the bikes have likely been abused and are not in good condition, and the number of charging stations available would be limited and perhaps not suited for consumer use.  Still, Uber should have definitely worked harder to find a better solution than trashing them.
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« Reply #124 on: May 29, 2020, 07:45:27 PM »
Possibly Uber does not care. Boycot them if enraged or something.
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