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Title: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on January 24, 2016, 05:28:25 PM
This is the Pedalist, pretty cool, I prefer traditional recumbents they are lower and thus can go faster.
http://www.autoblog.com/2015/10/29/virtue-pedalist-translogic-187/ (http://www.autoblog.com/2015/10/29/virtue-pedalist-translogic-187/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Iceismylife on January 24, 2016, 11:31:21 PM
one thought that has crossed my mind is this.  The best peddle powered bike in the world uses an equivalent of 2,000 mpg worth of energy to go 60 mpg.  You could give up a bit of performance to get more utility and have a 500~600 mpg vehicle at 50~69 mpg.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Neven on January 25, 2016, 10:01:48 AM
Which bike would that be, Iceismylife? And how does that work exactly, "2,000 mpg worth of energy to go 60 mpg"?
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Iceismylife on January 25, 2016, 06:22:13 PM
That is the current best streamlined enclosed human powered bike.  From memory it takes about 250 watts to go 60 mph.  Convert that to horse power and assume 0.5 lbs/hp (diesels get around 0.35 lbs/hp fuel consumption) and you get 2,000 mpg equivalent.

One hp to go 50 mph at 0.5 lbs/hp gets you 600 mpg at 50 mph.

http://www.theverge.com/tldr/2015/9/18/9351763/worlds-fastest-bike-human-powered (http://www.theverge.com/tldr/2015/9/18/9351763/worlds-fastest-bike-human-powered)

http://www.adventuresofgreg.com/HPVMain.html (http://www.adventuresofgreg.com/HPVMain.html)

I think the second one is the one I read about.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Iceismylife on January 27, 2016, 06:37:36 PM
http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Mini-Type-Easy-Move-Portable-300w_60175419945.html?spm=a2700.7724857.29.3.IgGJfr&s=p (http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Mini-Type-Easy-Move-Portable-300w_60175419945.html?spm=a2700.7724857.29.3.IgGJfr&s=p) Put one of these in with an e assist and a battery pack for re-gen braking and you've got a hybrid 1,500 mpg vehicle. At 45 mph.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on February 04, 2016, 02:12:34 PM
Cheap way of making a bike.
http://www.xyzcargo.com/ (http://www.xyzcargo.com/)

A front wheel bike, very interesting.
http://www.dbtrikes.com/ (http://www.dbtrikes.com/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on February 14, 2016, 02:07:59 PM
A nice velo car !

Fantom's Nephew - The story of a Velocar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xirVm7MUu2k (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xirVm7MUu2k)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on February 15, 2016, 09:03:57 AM
It does rain velo cars...
Spain: Is Evovelo's solar-powered 'Mo' car the future for driving in cities?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jApfU9p_FLc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jApfU9p_FLc)

4500€

A look at ELF, the solar-powered bicycle-car hybrid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGDSkFQEOjo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGDSkFQEOjo)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 23, 2016, 03:20:05 AM
Australia has a 2016 goal of doubling its number of cyclists from 2011.  These tough new rules may not help:

Cough Up, Cyclists: Sydney Fines Soar in World's Toughest Regime
- Penalty for running red light rises sixfold under new law
- Cyclists say rules won't ease Australia's congestion crisis
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-21/cough-up-cyclists-sydney-fines-soar-in-world-s-toughest-regime (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-21/cough-up-cyclists-sydney-fines-soar-in-world-s-toughest-regime)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 01, 2016, 09:18:44 PM
Beautiful eBikes, starting at $5,000.  Vintage Electric Bikes.
http://vintageelectricbikes.com (http://vintageelectricbikes.com)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on March 01, 2016, 11:15:31 PM
For a velomobile, see the dealer tab : http://www.sinnerbikes.com/en/ (http://www.sinnerbikes.com/en/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on March 03, 2016, 11:14:56 AM
The futur of transportation ?
Velove Armadillo
https://sustainablenvironment.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/velove-armadillo/

Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on March 09, 2016, 10:14:52 AM
A spanish bike_car for 4500 Euros
http://www.evovelo.club/ (http://www.evovelo.club/)
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We are convinced that mö should be an Open Source initiative, in terms of making its design freely available. The project is for the benefit of society, from an economic social and environmental perspective.

We are impressed by the collaborative outcome from the Open Source Movement in software, media and hardware. More precisely on hardware projects like the Global Village Construction, Makerbot and Greenheart Project as a benchmark, make us dream big about what evovelo and mö can become in the future.

The more designers, engineers and end-users that we collaborate with, the bigger impact we will have in the automotive industry. Please do not hesitate to reach out and share comments or ideas as we build a community.

In order to make mö a real Open Source project we just associated evovelo with Onshape. They offer a technology that has the ability to share and collaborate with anyone worldwide on very easy and transparent platform.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on March 17, 2016, 01:02:00 PM
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/mar/16/taipei-taiwan-bike-sharing-environment-cycline-air-pollution (http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/mar/16/taipei-taiwan-bike-sharing-environment-cycline-air-pollution)

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TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taipei’s rental bikes are hard to miss. The Taiwanese capital has 7,264 of them, and their distinctive orange frames, yellow fenders and smiley face logo are nearly as common in some parts of town as the city’s ubiquitous motor scooters. Last year, the city’s bike rental program logged more than 20m trips, a stunning figure that becomes slightly less surprising when one considers that the bikes rent for as little as $0.15 per half hour from 222 self-service, card-activated storage lots.
Return of the Bicycle Kingdom? How pavement cycling is transforming Taipei
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It’s hard to believe that, just four years ago, the program was on the edge of collapse, done in by a lack of rental docks and a scarcity of viable bike lanes in the city’s choked streets. After a brief burst of enthusiasm, cycling became an unpopular method of transportation as citizens tried to save gas money during the global financial crisis.

The city worked with Giant Manufacturing, the company that produces the bikes, to turn its bike rental program around. Giant upgraded its fleet to include mini locks, strong braking systems and bikes that change gears – a move that cut down on the number of repair jobs and broken bikes.

For its part, the city added rental stations and bikes near metro stations and bus stops, areas where commuters who normally walk to work might be interested in a more convenient alternative. The city will continue this trend: by 2019, it plans to spend about $32m on more bikes and more places to rent them. It aims to open a total of 400 rental stations by 2018.

“It’s convenient,” says 35-year-old Taipei dance instructor Vivian Chen, a rental bike rider of three years. “Take today,” she continues, pulling out of a rental station in February. “I’d pay around 20 Taiwan dollars ($0.65) for the metro, but I think the bike rental costs less in the first half hour. And it would take me longer by metro because my destination isn’t right on the train line. I would need to walk a ways to get there.”
YouBike renters park after a ride in Taipei on March 16, 2016.
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Public relations and public transportation

For Giant Manufacturing, which sells its bikes through 12,000 retailers in 50 countries, Taipei’s rental program isn’t a big money maker. It breaks even on the program, says Liu Li-chu, a spokesperson for Giant subsidiary YouBike. However, the program gives the company an opportunity to introduce potential customers to the benefits of cycling while building public good will toward its brand.

Li-Chu, who is also the daughter of 82-year-old King Liu, Giant’s founder and CEO, says that her father doesn’t just make and sell bikes. “He rides and thinks other people should ride,” she says. “We’re putting good bikes in front of citizens and saying, ‘Ride and see You’ll fall in love. These bikes are addictive.’”

For Taipei, building a loyal ridership was a challenge. One of the city’s strategies was to offer the first half-hour free, a move that attracted masses of short-distance commuters in the cost-conscious city. Rentals doubled to 22m between 2013 and 2014, and city officials hope they would help to reduce air pollution and rush hour traffic congestion.

“That initial thing about getting users in for free and getting them used to bikes – that was everything,” said Anthony van Dyck, a Canadian expatriate in Taipei who follows YouBike as founder of an informational website for foreigners. “That and they never stopped adding bikes and adding stations.”

The next struggle is traffic management. Many drivers in Taipei do not observe the designated bike lanes. On some streets, bikes compete for right-lane space with scooters, bus stops and double-parked cars. Sidewalks can be packed with pedestrians and shopping arcades.

“We’re now making plans for education and promotion work,” said Liu Chia-yu, a division chief under the city’s transportation department. “For bike riders, we’re saying not to compete with pedestrians, and for people on foot, if you run into a bike give it some space.”
Where is the most cycle-friendly city in the world?
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A growing solution

Public bike rental programs are a growing solution for cities. According to Jack Oortwijn, editor of Netherlands-based magazine Bike Europe, between 600 and 800 cities currently have them. They have already changed commuting and tourism for European cities such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen, where half the population gets to work by bike. Paris’s bike program logged more than 200m rentals within seven years of its 2007 launch.

Public bike programs are expanding across Asia, too. Japanese tourist mecca Kyoto has one, and Korean capital Seoul launched a system like Taipei’s in late 2015. It plans to expand city-wide by 2020 with as many as 20,000 bikes. Meanwhile, numerous cities in China, including Beijing, also rent bikes to the public. Hangzhou, a city of 7 million people near Shanghai, leads Asia – if not the world – with 78,000 rental bikes.

However, in many crowded cities – particularly in the developing world – bike programs are still an unaffordable luxury. Part of the problem also lies with the public image of bikes as a symbol of poverty, Oortwijn says. Research has shown that the image problem happens in industrialized or developing countries.

“It’s a question of priorities and awareness,” he says. “The problem with city councils is that they’re not aware of the possibilities that bicycles can offer. In developing countries bicycles are regarded as the poor man’s transport. That negative image is still there.”
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on March 27, 2016, 10:12:56 PM
The futur of transportation ?
Velove Armadillo
https://sustainablenvironment.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/velove-armadillo/ (https://sustainablenvironment.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/velove-armadillo/)



The future is here in Nederland !!! already... not too fast... I can't cope...
http://snip.ly/GvRd#http://expressparcelandpostal.logistics-business-review.com/news/dhl-launches-urban-cargo-bike-delivery-service-in-netherlands-010515-4566514 (http://snip.ly/GvRd#http://expressparcelandpostal.logistics-business-review.com/news/dhl-launches-urban-cargo-bike-delivery-service-in-netherlands-010515-4566514)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on March 29, 2016, 10:11:29 PM
A nice video about the future of transportation. He explains how to make it as a bonus.
Ptero (winged) velo (bicycle)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGhwlU17mws (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGhwlU17mws)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 30, 2016, 06:49:57 PM
A futuristic-looking electric motorcycle: the Johammer J1.  Described as reminiscent of a Star Wars pod racer with chopper-like handles.  Up to 125 miles (200 km) of range.
http://electrek.co/2016/03/30/johammers-electric-motorcycle/ (http://electrek.co/2016/03/30/johammers-electric-motorcycle/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on April 01, 2016, 09:10:09 AM
A world record at 139 km/h... not bad ! is it useful for everyday life... I wonder.
Under the Hood of the Fastest Bike in the World
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC5KIFHd5Ao (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC5KIFHd5Ao)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on April 01, 2016, 10:32:39 AM
Their spirit seems to be good, if you are living in UK and want to have a look :
http://www.bhpc.org.uk (http://www.bhpc.org.uk)
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The BHPC mainly does two things: Racing and Information, we do occasionally run touring and social rides but since these are easily done by anyone these tend to be occasional events.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on April 02, 2016, 09:22:13 PM
70 kg is a bit too heavy but very good idea and practice.
PodRide a practical and fun bicycle-car
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/podride-a-practical-and-fun-bicycle-car?fse_1=e#/ (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/podride-a-practical-and-fun-bicycle-car?fse_1=e#/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 05, 2016, 01:43:11 AM
Norway Will Spend Almost $1 Billion on New Bike Highways
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Norway has just announced a new tool in its fight against transit emissions: a new network of bike highways.

As part of a plan announced last week, the country will spend a massive 8 billion Norwegian Kroner ($923 million) creating 10 broad, two-lane, cross-country bike tracks in and near Norway’s nine largest cities, allowing longer-distance cyclists to travel with a speed and safety hitherto impossible. A key component of plans to slash Norway’s transit emissions by half, the bike highway scheme still faces some resistance. Not only is cycling in Norway relatively uncommon by Scandinavian standards, but the new highways will be constructed in a mountainous country that is cold and dark for much of the year.
http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2016/03/norway-bike-highways-billion-dollars/472059/ (http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2016/03/norway-bike-highways-billion-dollars/472059/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Paddy on April 05, 2016, 12:01:58 PM
Can anyone find any global bicycle production data more recent than 2007? It would be interesting to know which way this graph is heading now.: https://people.hofstra.edu/geotrans/eng/ch3en/conc3en/prodbicycles.html
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on April 05, 2016, 02:08:01 PM
Not easy to find... the world ended in 2008... we are just not aware of it ;)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: folke_kelm on April 05, 2016, 04:46:38 PM
Not really Laurent, the real world ended in december 2012 as all of us know. so there must be production numbers.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on April 05, 2016, 06:54:55 PM
Somewhere but I can't find any...
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 06, 2016, 02:34:49 AM
I searched, too, but could not find any recent data.  Strange. 
Maybe because there are too many new manufacturers to keep track of?  Also, the non-traditional "village" manufacturers, making bamboo bikes and such.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 06, 2016, 02:36:08 AM
Great new mobility for the wheelchair-bound.  Video.
https://www.facebook.com/DIVSUPER/videos/986896684714226/ (https://www.facebook.com/DIVSUPER/videos/986896684714226/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Tor Bejnar on April 06, 2016, 07:25:44 PM
I searched, too, but could not find any recent data.  Strange. 
Maybe because there are too many new manufacturers to keep track of?  Also, the non-traditional "village" manufacturers, making bamboo bikes and such.

I looked too, and found a site where I could pay more than a month's salary for a report with data through 2013 or 14 (and projections to 2019).  I found European data through 2013, etc., too, but didn't save any references.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 07, 2016, 04:13:37 PM
2016 Zero S Electric Motorcycle With City Range Of Up To 197 Miles
http://insideevs.com/2016-zero-s-electric-motorcycle-with-city-range-of-up-to-197-miles/ (http://insideevs.com/2016-zero-s-electric-motorcycle-with-city-range-of-up-to-197-miles/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on April 11, 2016, 09:04:48 AM
A Unique Journey Of i-Bike A Driver Less Bicycle from IIT Kharagpur
http://www.viralindiandiary.com/ibike-driver-less-bicycle-iit-kharagpur/ (http://www.viralindiandiary.com/ibike-driver-less-bicycle-iit-kharagpur/)
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i-Bike a driver less bicycle developed by IITians of IIT Kharagpur. Life can turn amazing if little thoughts turn into bigger innovations. Such is the team comprising of 13 members of IIT Kharagpur. 13 students build a dream together and work on one goal, which itself is an example of team bonding, and team work. The project of i-Bike would not have been successful without each other’s support. Ayush Pandey shared this motivational story behind this wonderful and unique innovation with us in an interview.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on April 14, 2016, 02:46:13 PM
Who's the most cycling-friendly London mayoral candidate?
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2016/apr/14/london-mayoral-election-qa-on-cycling-policy-with-the-main-candidates (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2016/apr/14/london-mayoral-election-qa-on-cycling-policy-with-the-main-candidates)
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In exactly three weeks’ time, London voters will be electing a new mayor to replace Boris Johnson. Despite the prominence of the job there are relatively few areas in which the mayor can enact real change. Transport, however, is one of them - not least through cycling.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on April 17, 2016, 06:15:55 PM
Nina Paley said "you have to hate cars to be car free"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRDDGPjQ-W8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRDDGPjQ-W8)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on May 16, 2016, 10:41:32 AM
Great concept ! A motor included in the front wheel, that can be removed easily. I wonder if the materials will endure the time span ? Anyway it is rare when I am astonished by a new idea and here it is.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1266381423/geoorbital-wheel-make-your-bike-electric-in-60-sec (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1266381423/geoorbital-wheel-make-your-bike-electric-in-60-sec)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 23, 2016, 03:49:15 PM
And for the more adventurous folks, there are electric skateboards.

http://electrek.co/2016/05/20/the-second-generation-boosted-electric-skateboard-promises-longer-range-a-water-resistant-design/ (http://electrek.co/2016/05/20/the-second-generation-boosted-electric-skateboard-promises-longer-range-a-water-resistant-design/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: timallard on May 26, 2016, 02:17:24 AM
This is my easiest to make aero frame, 4130 straight-gage fairings are carbon it's next on the list when I get a shop, my profile pic is my first frame design, to me a breakthrough in concepts and rides better than anything I've ridden, very fast descender ....
(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mallard-design.com%2Fmdc2010%2Fmedia%2Ftt-frame-gazelle.jpg&hash=d3a8f576dee176c079d29a3e2048368e)

For powered assist I have a biodiesel turbine in the rear hub concept going, about 2hp the design spec. So, you just change wheels to get assist!

This requires a torque arm, uses a clutch, speed isn't the idea, lightweight & effects as few other things on the bike is the priority so most of the time it's still a bike and 2-hp is a lot of power to get a load of groceries up a hill.

Trying to combine an internal rear brake with it last round.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 27, 2016, 09:37:51 PM
For that ”last mile:”
Peugeot has teamed with Micro to offer an electric-assisted scooter that fits in the trunk of their new SUV, with a plug to charge it while driving.

The scooter has a "Lithium Ion battery built into the ultra-thin platform with the motor integrated directly into the rear wheel."  :)  The classic EV design!

PEUGEOT Unveils e-Kick Electrically Assisted Scooter
http://electriccarsreport.com/2016/05/peugeot-unveils-e-kick-electrically-assisted-scooter/ (http://electriccarsreport.com/2016/05/peugeot-unveils-e-kick-electrically-assisted-scooter/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on June 01, 2016, 05:29:19 PM
Lies, damn lies and the national cycling 'strategy'
http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2987731/lies_damn_lies_and_the_national_cycling_strategy.html (http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2987731/lies_damn_lies_and_the_national_cycling_strategy.html)
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The government's new 'strategy' for cycling is a feeble attempt to hide huge cuts to local transport budgets with a minute line of funds that would take over 2,000 years to bring the UK up to Dutch cycle lane standards, writes Donnachadh McCarthy. We must demand better!
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 03, 2016, 09:11:33 PM
Segway returns with the smartphone-connected miniPRO electric transporter
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Segway of North America has officially announced the miniPRO, a smart self-balancing two-wheeled transporter that is stacked with technology.
http://electrek.co/2016/06/03/segway-minipro-release/ (http://electrek.co/2016/06/03/segway-minipro-release/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Laurent on June 05, 2016, 10:22:47 PM
Velomobile fans could soon have a real Ego
http://www.futurevelo.eu/2015/12/31/52/ (http://www.futurevelo.eu/2015/12/31/52/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: timallard on June 06, 2016, 02:27:46 PM
Velomobile fans could soon have a real Ego
http://www.futurevelo.eu/2015/12/31/52/ (http://www.futurevelo.eu/2015/12/31/52/)
How cute looking!! ... this is a fb group that does coroplast velomobiles that are more serious speed machines for people making their own on a frame: https://www.facebook.com/groups/15644592486/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/15644592486/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 06, 2016, 09:04:38 PM
Big campaign on Kickstarter.

The Super 73 Electric Bike has an old-school design and hits speeds up to 30mph
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The Super 73 is powered by a 1,000 watt motor that pushes speeds up to 30mph. A built-in battery recharges in four hours – using a standard outlet – and provides around 20 miles of range. One beauty of this arrangement is that a drivers license is not required to operate this bicycle.
http://electrek.co/2016/06/06/super-73-electric-bike/ (http://electrek.co/2016/06/06/super-73-electric-bike/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 15, 2016, 03:43:59 PM
Sacrilege?  ;)  :)  Or ensuring their future?

Harley-Davidson will bring to market its first all-electric bike ‘within 5 years’
http://electrek.co/2016/06/14/harley-davidson-electric-bike-within-5-years/ (http://electrek.co/2016/06/14/harley-davidson-electric-bike-within-5-years/)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: timallard on June 17, 2016, 06:20:57 PM
I wore this out riding it all weathers & winds, they are for long TT's so a regular spoked wheel with a bonded face to the carbon.

It adds about 1-mph to switch wheels in front over distance, in windy it improves flow in crosswinds better than disk rear only.

So, think of those big plastic platters with veggies for a party, by the millions so cheap, molded for common wheels instead of having to buy the wheel ...

For most racers & normal humans, the food-platter idea fits the budget, I really like this wheel, dinged the rim didn't even flat and had to retire it, sanded thin from rain riding.

(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mallard-design.com%2Fmdc2010%2Fmedia%2Ffront-wheel.jpg&hash=9a4da891b2d61a787f2641a6b860593d)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 18, 2016, 03:56:52 PM
Europe's Favorite Online Bike Seller Comes to the Land of Bike Shops
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Remember the last time you bought a bike? Doesn't matter if that happened last week or for your 10th birthday, the experience in the U.S. hasn't changed all that much since the days of the Wright brothers: Walk into your nearest shop, test ride one of the few options in stock, walk out an hour later with a new bike and perhaps a helmet. The role of dealers, much as in the auto industry, hasn't been affected by the explosion of online shopping.

In Europe, however, one company has been doing things differently. Canyon has ditched the dealer model, in which a local bike shop commits to a mass order from a manufacturer and spends the rest of the year desperately trying to sell them all, in favor of selling to consumers over the internet. The company's performance-oriented bikes, sold at relatively low prices, aren't available anywhere else.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-16/europe-s-favorite-online-bike-seller-comes-to-the-land-of-bike-shops (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-16/europe-s-favorite-online-bike-seller-comes-to-the-land-of-bike-shops)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: timallard on June 21, 2016, 11:36:11 AM
Europe's Favorite Online Bike Seller Comes to the Land of Bike Shops
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Remember the last time you bought a bike? Doesn't matter if that happened last week or for your 10th birthday, the experience in the U.S. hasn't changed all that much since the days of the Wright brothers: Walk into your nearest shop, test ride one of the few options in stock, walk out an hour later with a new bike and perhaps a helmet. The role of dealers, much as in the auto industry, hasn't been affected by the explosion of online shopping.

In Europe, however, one company has been doing things differently. Canyon has ditched the dealer model, in which a local bike shop commits to a mass order from a manufacturer and spends the rest of the year desperately trying to sell them all, in favor of selling to consumers over the internet. The company's performance-oriented bikes, sold at relatively low prices, aren't available anywhere else.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-16/europe-s-favorite-online-bike-seller-comes-to-the-land-of-bike-shops (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-16/europe-s-favorite-online-bike-seller-comes-to-the-land-of-bike-shops)
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Bikes shops, good ones are there to fit the right bike to the person's abilities, what they want to use it for & budget, if you buy it online you don't have a person sizing it all up asking questions and doing on-the-bike fitting, maybe switch-outs of stem, basics like saddle-height & important things such as adjusting cleats on pedals for how they pedal bio-mechanically or inserts for people with unequal legs and so on.

That's how you sell local and endure as a bike shop not big box, the good ones do provide a service, if you know what fits & all online is fine, I can say getting fit properly is worth more to a rider than lighter stuff, and, custom frames are needed by many riders the off-the-shelf proportions don't always work.

My body doesn't fit OTS frames, short torso, long arms I suffered stiff necks and all for many years until my first custom frame ended that, I need a lot of pedal overlap on the front wheel that OTS frame mfg's don't want to do for general ridership can't blame them, yet, I rode track so willing to have it built and it was magic !

Also, there's a lot of mfg considerations for what is a seasonal industry now doing in-season releases that are really follow-ups of what becomes popular that year. Still, it's based upon the bike shows getting pre-orders to make initial supply-chain order volumes with lead-time to make them to arrive in spring, if you're doing low-volume high-priced bikes that's not the same business plan as small biz retail-service brick-n-mortar.
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Post by: Laurent on July 07, 2016, 05:19:53 PM
A German company is selling an electrical bike-car, sounds great.
http://www.twike.com/ (http://www.twike.com/)

Don't know the price...
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Post by: sesyf on July 10, 2016, 11:22:28 AM
It seems that prices are a bit steeper than ordinary electric bikes. German site has a configurator that shows price for minimum battery as 26.849,00 €.

Of course you get a lot more than in a e-bike but still...
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Post by: Sigmetnow on August 03, 2016, 08:54:07 PM
Bosch launches new electric ‘eScooter’ sharing service with Gogoro called ‘Coup’
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“To start with, 200 connected eScooters will be available in the Berlin neighborhoods of Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, and Kreuzberg. They have a maximum speed of 45 kph so that everyone over 21 holding a car or motorcycle driving licence can use them. The storage compartment under the seat fits one helmet and two swappable batteries. In the future, a second helmet will be provided. The eScooters have a range of around 100 kilometers. Customers will not have to worry about recharging – Coup will handle this for them. The pricing model is based on a flat-rate fee which charges 3 euros for 30 minutes or 20 euros for the whole day. The service is accessed via an accompanying app, whose intuitive interface makes it simple to find, book, and pay for a scooter. Even opening the helmet box is controlled by smartphone, which is connected to the eScooter via Bluetooth.”
http://electrek.co/2016/08/03/bosch-electric-escooter-sharing-service-coup/ (http://electrek.co/2016/08/03/bosch-electric-escooter-sharing-service-coup/)
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Post by: Sigmetnow on January 30, 2017, 05:51:35 PM
 Bicycling commuters (and math nerds :D ) will enjoy this analysis of New York City's Citi Bike usage

A Tale of Twenty-Two Million Citi Bike Rides: Analyzing the NYC Bike Share System
http://toddwschneider.com/posts/a-tale-of-twenty-two-million-citi-bikes-analyzing-the-nyc-bike-share-system/ (http://toddwschneider.com/posts/a-tale-of-twenty-two-million-citi-bikes-analyzing-the-nyc-bike-share-system/)
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Post by: crandles on February 15, 2017, 03:30:24 PM
Modern C5 by Clive Sinclair nephew
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38960275 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38960275)

Maybe this is the car Neven wants?  ;)
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Post by: Laurent on February 16, 2017, 01:42:20 PM
A competitor to the sinclair C5 :
http://www.podbike.com (http://www.podbike.com)

http://www.grantsinclair.com/en/e-bike/iris-eco.html (http://www.grantsinclair.com/en/e-bike/iris-eco.html)

I guess you know about the swedish equivalent : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lKq1fGtXFM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lKq1fGtXFM)

I remember you that above 50kg, it is certainly too heavy !
The Quest http://en.velomobiel.nl/ (http://en.velomobiel.nl/) is lighter and DF-XL from intercity even lighter ~25 Kg... The price... ooupss do not mention that please.
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Post by: Laurent on February 16, 2017, 01:53:16 PM
There will be a "special" bike show in Germany near the French Border the 29-30 April.
http://www.salonduvelospecial.com/ (http://www.salonduvelospecial.com/)
It seems nice to be able to try them.
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Post by: Laurent on February 16, 2017, 02:19:56 PM
EVENTOS : Concentración de Reclinados 2017: Barcelona, 12-14 de octubre
https://www.3ike.es/single-post/2017/02/11/Concentraci%C3%B3n-de-Reclinados-2017-Barcelona-12-13-14-de-octubre (https://www.3ike.es/single-post/2017/02/11/Concentraci%C3%B3n-de-Reclinados-2017-Barcelona-12-13-14-de-octubre)
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Post by: Laurent on February 20, 2017, 01:33:01 PM
Some informations on how to make a velomobile like the "wav".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHnPl-Di72E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHnPl-Di72E)
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Post by: Sigmetnow on April 18, 2017, 07:15:15 PM
Chinese bike-sharing start-up Ofo says it's now worth more than $2 billion
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CEO Dai Wei, a 26-year-old entrepreneur who named his firm Ofo as the letters look like a bike, revealed that figure in a conversation with CNBC. It's about double the last reports of the company's value — which came out less than two months ago. ...
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/17/ofo-chinese-bike-sharing-start-up-says-its-now-worth-more-than-2-billion.html (http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/17/ofo-chinese-bike-sharing-start-up-says-its-now-worth-more-than-2-billion.html)

In the image below:
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A worker from the bike share company Ofo puts a damaged bike on a pile at a makeshift repair depot for the company where thousands of derelict bikes are being kept after coming off the road on March 29, 2017 in Beijing, China.
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Post by: Sigmetnow on May 15, 2017, 08:23:16 PM
Solar-powered eBikes could contribute to Africa’s economic development
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A startup working on a new low-cost solar and human-powered vehicle has received funds from the Energy and Environment Partnership in order to bring the vehicle to Africa and contribute to the continent’s economic development in remote areas.

The vehicle called Solar-E-Cycle functions as an e-bike, but it is assisted by both a battery pack and a solar panel.
Roger Christen, a Quebecer who spent the last 28 years in Africa, saw an opportunity to solve with a single product several important problems that Africans living in remote areas face every day: having to walk long distances to get water and lack of access to electricity.

He told LaPresse that he was mainly inspired by those who have to walk miles every day just to get water, but Christen sees more opportunities for African to have access to a product with both a solar panel and a battery pack:

“You can charge your phone, plug a lamp or a water pump. You can even plug a sewing machine and start a business.”
...
https://electrek.co/2017/05/15/solar-ebike-africa-economic-development/
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Post by: Sigmetnow on August 19, 2017, 04:24:00 PM
"This summer it became one of the first cities to issue a permit for private bikeshare systems that do not use stations or docks to park bicycles. Instead, bikes can be left along public sidewalks, provided they do not block driveways or pedestrian access."

How Seattle morphed from bikeshare failure to industry leader in five months
http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/18/technology/business/seattle-bikeshare/index.html (http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/18/technology/business/seattle-bikeshare/index.html)
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Post by: Paddy on September 25, 2017, 09:01:33 PM
For those around North America and the Caribbean: there's been a big call out for bicycles after the recent hurricanes destroyed cars and bikes across the Caribbean, Florida and Texas. If you have any old ones you'd like to donate, there should almost certainly be takers.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41312810 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41312810)

EDIT: More on this story here https://www.bicycling.com/culture/donated-bikes-for-hurricane-harvey-victims (https://www.bicycling.com/culture/donated-bikes-for-hurricane-harvey-victims)

EDIT 2: Florida and Texas alone are apparently down a million cars. No idea what the total figure is across the Caribbean, nor how many other vehicles have been damaged or destroyed.
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Post by: Sigmetnow on October 08, 2017, 12:46:54 AM
The Indian Tesla Will Have Two Wheels
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“In a country like India, electric two wheelers will be a more natural choice for consumers and will lead the way to transforming mobility,” says Tarun Mehta, co-founder of Ather Energy, a Bangalore-based startup brewing a solution to India’s urgent electric needs. Ather’s concoction so far is a prototype scooter called the Ather S340 that first cruised on-stage at the Surge startup conference, driven by Mehta himself. After an 18-month delay on the launch date, the company is presently working on certifications for the e-bike, and Mehta expects the assembly lines to be in place by December.
https://indusdictum.com/2017/08/22/the-indian-tesla-will-have-two-wheels/amp/
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 06, 2017, 08:32:20 PM
Why we can't have nice things: dockless bikes and the tragedy of the commons
Behind this bucolic industry is a multibillion-dollar battle between China’s big tech companies and Silicon Valley, and the nightmare of vandals and parking
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/05/why-we-cant-have-nice-things-dockless-bikes-and-the-tragedy-of-the-commons
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Post by: Sigmetnow on February 04, 2018, 07:53:30 PM
Electric scooters are a hit in LA.

“Here's a fun LA tech story that Silicon Valley doesn't seem to have spotted yet: Bird Rides, an on-demand electric scooter rental app that has taken over Santa Monica, rather to the city's surprise. CEO @travisv is ex-Uber.”
https://twitter.com/tim/status/959512547652063232
FT article at the link:

Regulators in a flap over Bird Rides, the scooter rental start-up
Santa Monica, California hire service is taking off — but not everyone is happy
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Southern California’s beachside city has unwittingly become a test bed for a new electric-scooter rental system run by local start-up Bird Rides. The scheme is delighting tourists and many residents as much as it is unsettling the local authorities and some pedestrians.

The Birds have handlebars but no seat, like a hot-rod version of the Razor or Micro scooters beloved by toddlers. They go at speeds of up to 15mph — faster than many cars can move in Los Angeles’ congested streets.

Visitors need only spend a few minutes on the Los Angeles beachfront that runs from Santa Monica to Venice to see dozens of the black-and-white Bird scooters whizzing along the boardwalk and bike path. I have not seen a local community embrace a new transportation service like this since Uber launched its ride-sharing service in San Francisco in 2012. ...

Video: https://smmirror.com/2018/01/westside-beat-5-things-need-know-bird-scooters/

Electric Vehicle Sharing Startup "Bird" Launches in West LA
https://www.exsplore.com/blog/bird-electric-vehicle-scooter-share-startup-app-santa-monica

Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: oren on February 04, 2018, 11:54:21 PM
Tel Aviv is full of commuters on such electric scooters as well as electric bicycles, thanks to its flat terrain, short distances and terrible congestion (as well as lack of sufficient residential parking).
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 13, 2018, 07:39:14 PM
Bird electric scooters aims to expand nationwide

An ex-Uber VP got $15 million for his new electric-scooter startup — and it's already run into legal trouble
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SAN FRANCISCO — An electric-scooter rental startup led by a former Uber and Lyft executive that has sparked a legal battle in Santa Monica, California, has landed $15 million in funding to expand across the US.

Bird is a startup that lets customers rent dockless electric scooters (or "Birds") with the tap of an app and then leave them on the street when they're done. It first launched in Santa Monica, the ocean-facing city near Los Angeles, in September — sparking disruption, hundreds of traffic stops, and a criminal complaint against the startup and its founder.

The startup has since expanded to neighborhoods in Los Angeles and San Diego, and on Tuesday it announced it had raised $15 million in venture-capital funding led by Craft Ventures to support its expansion throughout the US.

The company says it has 50,000 active users and has seen 250,000 rides on its platform. (It isn't disclosing its valuation or revenue.) The startup aims to have a presence in 50 US markets by the end of 2018, its founder and CEO, Travis VanderZanden, told Business Insider.
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Dockless bikes have caused mayhem — but Bird argues it's different

Dockless bicycles booked via an app are growing fast in popularity, pushed by a new flock of transportation startups. They give city-goers a new, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to get around, advocates argue, and can be left wherever is convenient once the user is finished with them, ready for the next customer.

But their rapid proliferation has caused headaches for some cities, as they clutter up public spaces and sidewalks, making it harder for people to get around — particularly those with access needs or who use wheelchairs.

VanderZanden argues that Bird's scooters are unlikely to cause many problems. This is because they're used nearly constantly, he says, and are collected up by the company at the end of every day to be recharged before being redistributed to prearranged spots on private property. ...
http://www.businessinsider.com/bird-dockless-electric-scooter-startup-raises-15m-us-expansion-2018-2
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 09, 2018, 07:13:44 PM
Jump bikes are so ugly that it appears that it was designed as a theft deterrent system....”

Uber gets Jump on ebike sharing with reported $100M acquisition
https://electrek.co/2018/04/09/uber-gets-jump-on-ebike-sharing-with-reported-100m-acquisition/
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Post by: Sigmetnow on April 16, 2018, 07:03:01 PM
Bosch brings its proprietary PowerTube 500 in-frame batteries to US ebike market, signaling design shift
https://electrek.co/2018/04/16/bosch-brings-its-proprietary-powertube-500-in-frame-batteries-to-us-ebike-market-signaling-design-shift/
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: oren on April 17, 2018, 03:41:50 AM
Bosch brings its proprietary PowerTube 500 in-frame batteries to US ebike market, signaling design shift
I'm not sure if this is such a good idea. In Israel, where e-bikes are a major commuting option for many people, there is the problem of theft, as e-bikes are highly desirable and quite expensive. A typical solution is to lock the e-bike on the street, but carry the battery with you to your office/workplace. With in-frame batteries, if you lack somewhere secure to park, it is simply begging for theft.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: TerryM on April 17, 2018, 05:17:04 AM
Bosch brings its proprietary PowerTube 500 in-frame batteries to US ebike market, signaling design shift
I'm not sure if this is such a good idea. In Israel, where e-bikes are a major commuting option for many people, there is the problem of theft, as e-bikes are highly desirable and quite expensive. A typical solution is to lock the e-bike on the street, but carry the battery with you to your office/workplace. With in-frame batteries, if you lack somewhere secure to park, it is simply begging for theft.
Theft isn't really a problem here, but I do need to be able to bring the battery up to the apt. for charging. Love the sleek design though. Everything I've seen in shops here looks like a 1950's Vespa.
Terry
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 17, 2018, 01:45:01 PM
Bosch brings its proprietary PowerTube 500 in-frame batteries to US ebike market, signaling design shift
I'm not sure if this is such a good idea. In Israel, where e-bikes are a major commuting option for many people, there is the problem of theft, as e-bikes are highly desirable and quite expensive. A typical solution is to lock the e-bike on the street, but carry the battery with you to your office/workplace. With in-frame batteries, if you lack somewhere secure to park, it is simply begging for theft.

Looks like the battery is easily removable (and lockable).
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: TerryM on April 17, 2018, 07:55:23 PM
That would work for me.
Terry
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Post by: oren on April 17, 2018, 09:37:26 PM
Yes. Good design.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Shared Humanity on April 17, 2018, 09:55:05 PM
Just got my bike back from the shop. Got it ready for the season and then it snowed.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sebastian Jones on April 20, 2018, 12:55:22 PM
Check out this Canadian company that has cracked the nut of self driving bikes:http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thisisthat/first-there-was-the-driverless-car-now-there-is-a-riderless-bike-1.3644515 (http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thisisthat/first-there-was-the-driverless-car-now-there-is-a-riderless-bike-1.3644515)
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Post by: Neven on April 20, 2018, 01:01:58 PM
Okay, that took a while.  ;D
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Post by: JimD on April 23, 2018, 06:21:48 PM
Check out the pictures!!! Amazing. If that is not waste of resources I don't know what is.

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/03/bike-share-oversupply-in-china-huge-piles-of-abandoned-and-broken-bicycles/556268/
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Post by: oren on April 23, 2018, 06:30:45 PM
Terrible.
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Post by: Bob Wallace on April 23, 2018, 07:00:35 PM
Looks like a lot of Chinese entrepreneurs have not yet learned how to do market research.
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Post by: Sigmetnow on April 25, 2018, 05:28:32 PM
Electric skateboards! 
Now shorter; easier to carry inside and keep with you.

Boosted Boards unveils new electric shortboard, upgrades longboards
https://electrek.co/2018/04/25/boosted-boards-unveils-new-electric-shortboard-upgrades-longboards/
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 06, 2018, 04:08:48 PM
“World:
The Dutch are so ridiculously progressive on bike culture
- what will be next? Bike escalators?!

Rotterdam:  [image below; 5-second vid at the link]

vid @BicycleDutch”
https://twitter.com/urbanthoughts11/status/992688927336226822
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Post by: Sigmetnow on May 12, 2018, 01:57:24 AM
Europe:

One of the biggest factors affecting the drop in gas-powered scooter sales is the simultaneous jump in electric scooter sales.

Gas scooter sales decline in Europe as electric bicycle and motorcycle sales soar
https://electrek.co/2018/05/11/gas-powered-scooters-replaced-by-electric-motorcycles/
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 18, 2018, 09:41:59 PM
New scooter rental company uses commercial-grade equipment, and works with cities before starting up business there.

Boosted Board founders enter electric scooter wars, intend to compete on quality and ethics
https://electrek.co/2018/05/18/boosted-board-founders-enter-electric-scooter-wars/
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 24, 2018, 08:19:34 PM
”Superpedestrian’s technology overcomes major issues faced by the industry. Our e-bikes autonomously manage themselves through onboard diagnostics, self-protection, and self-calibration, and then connect to a remote maintenance system that can service the entire fleet. If you rely mostly on users to report that something is broken, that’s too late. We know what’s going on inside each of our e-bikes and can resolve most issues before they occur.”

Copenhagen Wheel’s founder is using big data to make electric bicycle ride shares better
https://electrek.co/2018/05/24/copenhagen-wheels-founder-ebike-safer/
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 02, 2018, 09:32:59 PM
Bike company addresses your concerns about bike theft:

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VanMoof has also included a “stealth lock” that is built into the rear chain stay of the frame. The lock consists of a metal bolt that is pushed into a recess in the rear wheel’s hub, either manually by the rider’s foot or electronically by the accompanying app, and physically prevents the wheel from turning until unlocked by the owner. All of the important bits on the bike are also secured with anti-theft nuts and bolts.

If someone tries to steal the bike, it will sound an alarm from a hidden speaker.

Sure, that may stop thefts of opportunity, but a determined thief can simply walk or drive off with the bike. That’s where VanMoof’s GPS integration comes in. We’ve covered electric bikes and scooters that allow you to GPS track your stolen ride before. But VanMoof goes one step further.

In true “don’t call the fuzz” style, they take matters into their own hands. VanMoof employs their own teams known as BikeHunters that physically track down and presumably steal back your bike for you, all for a nominal fee of $98. And if they can’t get it back, they replace it. In the past they’ve even crossed international borders to hunt down and return stolen bikes. ...
VanMoof’s two new theft-proof electric bicycles can be yours for a ~$19 monthly subscription
https://electrek.co/2018/06/02/vanmoofs-two-new-theft-proof-electric-bicycles/
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Post by: Sigmetnow on June 10, 2018, 06:59:48 PM
Uber and Lyft both join fate-deciding electric scooter battle royale in San Francisco
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You’ve likely seen or heard about the massive fleets of rental electric scooters that have been taking over US cities. Even if you don’t have the rental electric scooters in your city yet, you’ve probably seen the news coverage, especially regarding the backlash against riders dangerously and illegally zipping around sidewalks and crashing into pedestrians.

San Francisco decided to put a stop to the madness in their city last month, issuing cease and desist orders while they developed a plan to reign in the wild scooter companies.

Now they have offered five permits to electric scooter companies to operate in the city, and heavyweights Uber and Lyft have thrown their hats in the ring to face off against other already established electric scooter companies. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/06/09/uber-and-lyft-electric-scooter-san-francisco/


All those dockless scooters don’t charge themselves.  People search them out to charge them and earn a little cash:

For the Birds
I spent two weeks trying to charge electric scooters for extra cash. What I got was a lot of headaches.
https://slate.com/technology/2018/05/charging-bird-scooters-overnight-is-like-a-much-less-fun-version-of-pokemon-go.html
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Post by: Sigmetnow on June 30, 2018, 05:48:59 PM
Electric cargo bicycles like this ice cream bike are turning into highly profitable micro-businesses
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Compared to an ice cream e-bike, an ice cream truck would cost 10 times as much to set up and would use 100 times more energy each the day – a critical cost for a new business. Energy costs for the e-bike with freezer would be around $0.35 per day, versus $35 per day for an ice cream truck.
...
The business can be quite profitable, with a full freezer of 240 ice cream tubs clearing about $1,200 per load. Not too shabby.
https://electrek.co/2018/06/29/electric-cargo-bicycles-profitable-micro-businesses/
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Post by: Sigmetnow on July 04, 2018, 02:00:50 PM
U.S.

Seattle Celebrates Milestone 1,000,000 Rides On Lime Dock-Free Bikes
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And just like that, less than 12 months since they first rolled into town, Seattleites have taken more than one million carbon-free rides on Lime smart pedal and e-assist bikes.
https://www.limebike.com/blog/seattle-celebrates-1000000-rides-lime-dock-free-bikes
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 14, 2018, 12:47:07 AM
“How will we convince more people to bike when this is the experience? Howard Street (btw New Mont. & 3rd). Bell ringing=I'm here, please don't open your door potential ride-share customer.”
https://mobile.twitter.com/asweetplanner/status/1017602732415303681
Video clip at the link.
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Post by: Shared Humanity on July 14, 2018, 06:49:24 PM
That's pretty scary.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 24, 2018, 06:31:09 PM
Top speed of 46 mph (74kph), so this is more of an urban/suburban  commuter than a highway bike.
Range 37miles(60km)+

An electric motorcycle for $1,995 in the US – where do I sign up!?
https://electrek.co/2018/07/23/electric-motorcycle-for-2000-usd/
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Post by: Sigmetnow on July 24, 2018, 09:58:20 PM
 ;D

Mobility Showdown: Bird Scooter vs. Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG in Santa Monica
http://www.thedrive.com/opinion/21906/mobility-showdown-bird-scooter-vs-mercedes-benz-s63-amg-in-santa-monica
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 05, 2018, 04:08:37 PM
Tough little folding electric bike.  Speeds up to 18 mph (29 km/h)?

2018 Oyama CX E8D II review: probably the nicest folding electric bicycle I’ve ever ridden
https://electrek.co/2018/08/03/2018-oyama-cx-e8d-ii-review-best-folding-electric-bicycle/
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Post by: rboyd on August 11, 2018, 01:48:59 AM
Tough little folding electric bike.  Speeds up to 18 mph (29 km/h)?

2018 Oyama CX E8D II review: probably the nicest folding electric bicycle I’ve ever ridden
https://electrek.co/2018/08/03/2018-oyama-cx-e8d-ii-review-best-folding-electric-bicycle/

Does it have an "electrocute anyone trying to steal it" function? Here in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada) the bike thieves seem to be breeding like bunny rabbits.
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Post by: Sigmetnow on August 11, 2018, 02:08:47 AM
Tough little folding electric bike.  Speeds up to 18 mph (29 km/h)?

2018 Oyama CX E8D II review: probably the nicest folding electric bicycle I’ve ever ridden
https://electrek.co/2018/08/03/2018-oyama-cx-e8d-ii-review-best-folding-electric-bicycle/

Does it have an "electrocute anyone trying to steal it" function? Here in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada) the bike thieves seem to be breeding like bunny rabbits.

I guess that’s the attraction of a folding bike:  you take it with you wherever you go.  ;)
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Easy to fold, OYAMA folding bikes are also easy to set-up, getting you on the road or off in minimal time.
Folds up small, which means it’s easy to bring to the office, classroom, restaurant, shop, apartment, dorm, or even on the bus or train.
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Post by: rboyd on August 11, 2018, 02:25:41 AM
But electrocution would be so much more fun! But I take your point, although a lot of restaurants etc. may not have room even for a fold-up bike.
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Post by: Sigmetnow on August 11, 2018, 04:38:30 PM
But electrocution would be so much more fun! But I take your point, although a lot of restaurants etc. may not have room even for a fold-up bike.

It’s also 42 lb (19 kg), so I hope it rolls nicely when folded!
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Post by: Sigmetnow on August 27, 2018, 06:15:01 PM
Here’s an electric cargo bike that has the potential to replace a car.

the CERO One is part electric cargo bicycle, part SUV
https://electrek.co/2018/08/27/electrek-review-the-cero-one-is-part-electric-cargo-bicycle-part-suv/
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Post by: Sigmetnow on August 29, 2018, 09:38:14 PM
The first electric Vespa, the Elettrica, to finally enter production next month
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According to an announcement made today, Piaggio will begin producing the Vespa Elettrica next month.

Sales of the Elettrica will begin in October through a dedicated website, which is yet to be announced. Piaggio says that initial sales will be limited, and will expand throughout November, timed to coincide with EICMA 2018, also known as the Milan Motorcycle Show. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/08/27/electric-vespa-the-elletrica-production/
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Post by: TerryM on August 29, 2018, 10:21:56 PM
The first electric Vespa, the Elettrica, to finally enter production next month
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According to an announcement made today, Piaggio will begin producing the Vespa Elettrica next month.

Sales of the Elettrica will begin in October through a dedicated website, which is yet to be announced. Piaggio says that initial sales will be limited, and will expand throughout November, timed to coincide with EICMA 2018, also known as the Milan Motorcycle Show. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/08/27/electric-vespa-the-elletrica-production/
Vehicles that look much like these are very popular locally and have been for the past few years. A great alternative for the summer months.
Terry
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Post by: Sigmetnow on September 09, 2018, 03:44:57 PM
Small is becoming big again in the U.S..

Uber predicts it will offer more rides on electric bicycles and scooters than cars
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Personal urban transportation, including one-person electric vehicles designed for cities, is a rapidly growing industry. Though cars are great multi-use vehicles for suburban and rural environments, commuters are now discovering that densely populated urban centers can be better served with smaller, purpose built transportation solutions such as electric bicycles and e-scooters.

Now with an increasing number of options in the market for affordable personal electric transportations, these little EVs are becoming popular alternatives in cities around the country. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/09/06/uber-predicts-it-will-offer-more-rides-on-electric-bicycles-and-scooters-than-cars/
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Post by: Sigmetnow on September 29, 2018, 08:45:06 PM
This solar powered electric bicycle went 12,800 km in 64 days!
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A self-sustained vehicle powered by the sun is something of a holy grail for electric vehicles, but is difficult to achieve due to the limited surface area and high power requirements of full size cars. However, a smaller EV such as a solar powered electric bicycle has an advantage here due to its drastically lower energy demands.

Over the last few months, a group of solar powered e-bikes raced nearly 13,000 km (8,000 mi) from Lyon, France to Guangzhou, China. Electrek caught up with Jack Butler, who placed 6th in the race, to hear how he succeed on such an extreme trip. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/09/27/solar-powered-electric-bicycle-journey/
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Post by: Sigmetnow on October 04, 2018, 04:32:50 PM
Uber launches first electric scooter share, offers free rides in first week
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Electric scooter share programs continue to expand at a rapid pace across the United States and the rest of the world. Uber, known for its ride-hailing service, doesn’t want to miss the boat. Seeking its own piece of the pie, Uber has just rolled out its Jump electric scooter share program in Santa Monica.

Uber recently purchased Jump, a dockless electric bicycle sharing company, in a deal reportedly worth over $100 million.

Jump bikes are available in 10 cities. Now Uber is leveraging Jump to add electric scooter sharing to their portfolio of services, in addition to ride hailing and electric bicycle sharing.

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi recently stated that the company expects electric bicycles and scooters to become the future of urban transportation. He believes that Uber believes it will offer just as many rides on electric bicycles and scooters over the next decade as they do in cars. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/10/03/uber-jump-electric-scooters/
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Post by: NeilT on October 04, 2018, 06:38:30 PM
Lit Motors C1 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit_Motors) is the one I'd like to see.  However it is showing signs of never exiting vapourware...

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/ff/The_C1_Electric_Vehicle_by_Lit_Motors.jpg)
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow 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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Post by: Sigmetnow 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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Post by: Sigmetnow 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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Post by: Sigmetnow 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/
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow 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
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: TerryM 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.
Terry
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Post by: petm 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
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: TerryM on August 09, 2019, 06:39:51 AM
petm
 Your link worked as advertised!


Thanks I laughed out loud
Terry
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Post by: Tor Bejnar on August 24, 2019, 08:11:20 PM
cross-post:
<snipped>
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.
<snipped>
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. :(
Terry
(but it's not OT here!  :) )
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Post by: nanning on August 25, 2019, 06:28:05 AM
Don't be a weakling  ;) ;D

Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Tor Bejnar 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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Post by: kassy 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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Post by: Sigmetnow 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.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Tor Bejnar on February 04, 2020, 06:47:40 PM
from here (https://www.farandwide.com/s/amazing-world-maps-74d6186e6d0e414b?utm_campaign=amazingworldmaps-2e88941fc84e410d&utm_source=tab&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=foxnews-foxnews):
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Post by: blumenkraft 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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Post by: nanning 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


 Excertps:
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 (https://www.theguardian.com/befit/story/0,15652,1385645,00.html), 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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Post by: grixm 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.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: Sigmetnow 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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Post by: Sigmetnow 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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Post by: grixm 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.
Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: sidd on May 29, 2020, 06:10:29 AM
sorta like how they trashed the tramlines, back in the day.

sidd


Title: Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
Post by: kassy 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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Post by: Sigmetnow 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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Post by: kassy on May 29, 2020, 07:45:27 PM
Possibly Uber does not care. Boycot them if enraged or something.