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New Legislation Targets E-Bikes:
http://mrsc.org/Home/Stay-Informed/MRSC ... Bikes.aspx

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As Seattle prepares to make its dockless bike share program permanent, new legislation recently signed by Gov. Jay Inslee set statewide standards and regulations for riding using electric assist bikes (e-bikes).

Prior to the legislation’s passage, e-bikes were either treated like any other bicycle or, sometimes, like a motor vehicle, such as in RCW 46.61.710, which ties e-assist bicycles, mopeds, motorized foot scooters and motorized assistive mobility scooters together in some cases. E-bikes were commonly allowed in formal bike lanes and some multipurpose trails (except where prohibited by local jurisdictions) but not on sidewalks.
SB 6434

The new bill, Senate Bill 6434, tries to address the subtle distinctions between the growing number of electric bikes available today. It does so by dividing e-bikes into three classes based on the highest speed a rider can achieve and restricts rider use and access based on these levels:


In a Class 1 e-bike, the motor provides assistance when a rider is pedaling and stops assisting when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 mph.
In a Class 2 e-bike, a rider can use the motor alone (no pedaling) to propel the bike but the motor stops assisting when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 mph.
In a Class 3 e-bike, the motor assists when the rider is pedaling and stops when the bicycle reaches a speed of 28 mph. Unlike Class 1 and 2 e-bikes, this one has a speedometer and riders must be at least 16 years old to operate.

The table below provides a comparison of e-bike levels, access, and restrictions.
Level Type of Assist Max. Assist Speed Access Restrictions
Class 1 Pedal 20 mph Formal bike lanes, sidewalks, shared-use trails Helmet required
Class 2 Pedal/throttle 20 mph Formal bike lanes, sidewalks, shared-use trails Helmet required
Class 3 Pedal 28 mph Formal bike lanes only Helmet required, rider must be 16 or older
The new rules clarify that, in effect, all three classes are defined as bicycles and should be given many of the same rights to the road. In particular, Class 1 and 2 e-bikes will now be allowed on sidewalks and on multipurpose trails. Class 3 e-bikes, however, are restricted from sidewalks unless, as the bill notes, “there is no alternative (but) to travel over a sidewalk as part of a bicycle or pedestrian path (see SB 6434, Sec. 5).”

Local jurisdictions can still make their own rules regarding use of e-bikes and the new state law does not preempt existing rules. For example, King County Municipal Code, Sec. 7.12.295 currently bans e-bikes from the county’s extensive trail system because they are defined as a “form of transportation powered by an internal combustion or electric motor.” Unless the county amends this language to account for different classes of e-bikes, all types will continue to be banned.

SB 6434 also eliminates a minimum-age requirement for the slower e-bikes (Class 1 and 2), restricts motor output for all three classes to no more than 750 watts, and requires manufacturers to label the classification number, top electric-assisted speed, and motor output wattage.


How Will the Legislation Impact Bike Share Programs?

Seattle saw the introduction of e-bikes to its dockless bike share program in January when LimeBike, one of three bike-sharing companies operating in the city, added 500 e-bikes to its existing fleet of 4,000 non-electric bikes. Powered by rechargeable batteries and a 250-watt motor, LimeBike’s electric assist bikes can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour and run more than 60 miles on a single charge. The city currently allows e-bikes on formal bike lanes but not on sidewalks or park paths.

A Seattle rider can access an e-bike simply by unlocking it with a smart phone but will have to pay $1 to unlock it and an additional $1 for every 10 minutes of riding. In contrast, a non-electric bike costs nothing to unlock and only $1 for every 30-60 minutes of use, depending on which company owns it.

Caen Contee, LimeBike’s head of marketing, has predicted that e-bikes would become “the most affordable, accessible form of ride share.” While this could be a considered a laudable goal, could it also result in more bikes being taken outside the city limits? Since the pilot program began last October, cities surrounding Seattle, including Bainbridge, Vashon, Renton, Redmond, Bellevue, and Kirkland have all reported instances of bike share bikes being ridden (and left) in their jurisdictions. Bike share operators are supposed to pick up bikes once they travel outside of Seattle, but when and how frequently is often an open question.

Bothell, which lies on the northern end of the Burke Gilman trail — a popular trail with cyclists, has embraced the bike share trend and is working with LimeBike on a gradual rollout of its own program. The eastside suburb of Redmond will also be doing a phased rollout using the same three companies (Ofo, LimeBike, and Spin) currently servicing Seattle's bike share program. Redmond plans to expand its bike share program if it proves popular with residents and if it is well run by the operators.

Also on the eastside, Bellevue just announced plans for a bike share program composed entirely of e-bikes. The city hopes to start a small pilot this May, limited to 400 total e-bikes. Unlike Seattle’s dockless program, which allows users to park bikes anywhere in the landscape/ furniture zone of the sidewalk, Bellevue’s designates specific, high-traffic areas — or hubs — for users to leave bikes, including activity centers and transit stations. Bellevue will also require bike share operators to rebalance the bike fleet each night, meaning moving individual bikes left in non-designated areas back to designated hubs. An October 2017 online survey conducted by the city showed that 55% of respondents would use a bike share program if one was offered.
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San Francisco threatens to punish the controversial scooter startups for their riders' bad behavior:
http://www.businessinsider.com/san-fran ... ups-2018-4

Starts:
San Francisco's City Attorney slapped the three high-profile electric scooter companies with cease and desist orders on Monday, calling them "unlawful," "a public nuisance," and dangers to public heath and safety.

These startups let people reserve a local scooter from a smartphone app, ride for a small fee, and, at the end of the journey, leave the scooter wherever to be claimed by the next rider. Unlike existing bike-sharing programs, there's no dock, so the scooters can be left anywhere.
:cry:

Includes:
To be clear, the city isn't banning scooters in general, or these companies in particular.
:mrgreen:

"the companies have until April 30"...

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(Captioned:) Two scooters abandoned WITH THE ALARM GOING OFF. The tech bro who came up with this idea is going to hell.

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Student-led applied research efforts on display at second annual showcase:
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An online divorce agency, an alternator-driven electric bicycle, a study on lullaby therapy for infants, and a social media assessment for the Winnipeg Police Service — just a small sample of the student-led research projects that’ll be on display today at Red River College’s Applied Research & Innovation Day.
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Erik Buell’s Newest Project Is an Electric Street Bike:
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SCOOTER WARS: 3 startups are raising hundreds of millions to speed up your commute — but they're annoying everyone in San Francisco:
http://www.businessinsider.com/electric ... sco-2018-4

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Imagine tech workers dressed in hoodies and Allbirds sneakers cruising down the streets of San Francisco on electric scooters — like Razor scooters for grown-ups. At the end of their journey, riders discard their vehicles on the sidewalk with little regard for the pedestrians behind them.

"San Francisco, I give you your mascot," said a local artist on Twitter after such a spotting.

Since March, three startups have rolled out hundreds of electric scooters in downtown San Francisco. Their vehicles appeared suddenly, without much warning, and have since covered the sidewalks.
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Tide turning against wave of dockless electric scooters:
https://sfbay.ca/2018/04/17/tide-turnin ... -scooters/

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San Francisco is getting close to regulating the dockless electric scooters that have flooded city sidewalks since mid-March.

The Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Transportation Committee voted 3-0 on Monday to advance proposed legislation that would regulate the scooters to the full board for a vote on Tuesday.
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The proposed legislation would be similar to one that Peskin authored on stationless bikes, which was passed by the board last year.

City officials said complaints have been rolling in since companies launched the scooters. Many complaints have been about scooters blocking the right-of-way on sidewalks and becoming a potential hazard of seniors and the disabled community.
:roll:

... and:
A new feature being added to the Bird mobile app is for users to take a photo of how they parked the scooter on the sidewalk, said Hanson.
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Dorel Focusses Stronger on E-Bikes:
http://www.bike-eu.com/home/nieuws/2018 ... s-10133569

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FREIBURG, Germany – Listed Dorel Industries, one of the sector’s top players, is setting its sights stronger on e-bikes. The holding company’s premium bicycle division, Cycling Sports Group (CSG), which is part of Dorel Sports, has expanded its e-bike development team with two prominent industry members.
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New hires

Last February Recep Yeşil joined the CSG-Europe e-bike development team as senior product manager. He started his bicycle career as co-founder of German Fixie Inc. brand. After selling this to Fahrrad.de webshop the mechanical engineer started as product manager at the R&D department of Specialized in Switzerland. From there he moved to lighting expert Supernova in 2016.

Next to Recep Yeşil CSG-Europe also hired Martin Eberle as consultant. He is the former longtime leader of Bergamont’s R&D. Eberle is supporting Henning Schröder; CSG’s Global Vice President Products and his e-bike development team.
... and:
Over the next couple of months we will show up with several new e-bike products.
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DC supply
Fail Of The Week: An Electric Bicycle, Powered By AA Batteries:
https://hackaday.com/tag/dc-supply/

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Very slowly, some very cool parts are coming out on the market that will make for some awesome builds. Supercapacitors are becoming a thing, and every year, the price of these high power supercaps go a little lower, and the capacity gets a little higher. It’s really only a matter of time before someone hacks some supercaps into an application that’s never been seen before. The Navy is doing it with railguns, and [David] is building an electric bike, powered by AA batteries. While [David]’s bike technically works with the most liberal interpretation of ‘technically’, it’s the journey that counts here.

This project began as an investigation into using supercapacitors in an electric bicycle. Supercaps have an energy density very much above regular capacitors, but far behind lithium cells. Like lithium cells, they need a charge balancer, but if you manage to get everything right you can trickle charge them while still being able to dump all that power in seconds. It’s the perfect application for a rail gun, or for slightly more pedestrian applications, an electric bike with a hill assist button. The idea for this build would be to charge supercaps from a bank of regular ‘ol batteries, and zoom up a hill with about fifteen seconds of assistance.
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E-bikers, these sidewalks are made for walking
("You can debate whether Seattle has a war on cars, but there’s no doubt about the war on pedestrians."):
https://crosscut.com/2018/04/e-bikers-t ... de-walking

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People may differ on whether Seattle really has a war on cars to discourage people from driving. But the war on pedestrians is definitely game-on.

It’s time for people in Seattle who use the sidewalks — and that’s just about everybody — to send a message to elected and appointed public officials. Years of inattention and indifference to pedestrian safety and convenience on sidewalks and crosswalks has got to change.

Pedestrians have long had reason to worry about the risk of getting nailed by cars in crosswalks. What’s new this year, however, is that Olympia has made your Seattle sidewalks into all-out bikeways for the newest hottest thing on two wheels: 20 mile-per-hour top speed, battery-boosted, electric-assist bikes.
:roll: "the newest hottest thing on two wheels"... :mrgreen:

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Then came the big blindside hit to Seattle’s pedestrians. SDOT had neglected to keep an eye over its shoulder on the bike lobby. Washington Bikes/Cascade Bike Club — which merged in 2016 and claim to be the nation’s largest statewide bicycle non-profit — had its own ideas. Seeing e-bikes, wholly independently of bikeshare, as the fastest growing segment of all bicycle sales, Washington Bikes has embraced an e-bike vision. E-bikes — ridden by everyone, young and old, on every terrain and in every weather — would finally fetch Seattle to the long-promised but slow-arriving bicycling Nirvana. Suitable legislation in Olympia on new e-bike classifications and standards would power the liftoff.
"power the liftoff"... :lol:
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Leading PR consultant killed in cycling accident in Tel Aviv
("Motti Morel, who advised opposition leader Isaac Herzog, collided with a truck; in Jerusalem, pedestrian seriously injured after being hit by bus"):
https://www.timesofisrael.com/tel-aviv- ... ith-truck/

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Leading public relations consultant Motti Morel was killed Tuesday when his electric bicycle was hit by a truck near the Azrieli mall at the busy Menachem Begin intersection in Tel Aviv.

Morel, 66, who in the past advised opposition leader Isaac Herzog, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Road closures in the wake of the accident caused a heavy buildup of traffic, and police asked drivers to avoid the area.
:cry:
Two hurt in Ramat Gan in latest electric bicycle accident

Two electric bicycle riders are hurt, one seriously and the other lightly, when they are hit by a bus on Hayarden Street in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan.

The two are identified as a 20-year-old male and a 16-year-old female.

The accidents follow a collision earlier today near Azrieli Mall in Tel Aviv in which a truck hit and killed a 66-year-old electric bicyclist.
Obviously, bikes w/assist are getting "too popular"... like they have become in the Netherlands... :lol:
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E-scooters aren't getting stolen, the real issue is sidewalk litter:
https://mashable.com/2018/04/17/electri ... Mu4fMvPPqq

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The scooters are everywhere. In front of my South of Market office, all over Golden Gate Park, on the corner of downtown intersections, and sometimes near, or sort of close to, bike racks and street signs. But most often, the electric scooters are dumped in the middle of the sidewalk.
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Hehe... ESB "Search found 2 matches: Caboost"... both in this thread. :wink: Again:

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E-Bike invention ‘The Caboost’ wins $1 5000 award at prestigious Vancouver Island competition:
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Hehe... Eat your heart out... (I'm jealous...) :lol:

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The burning sensation in your quads, the gasping for air, and the lactic acid building in your legs: three feelings that cyclists in Victoria undoubtedly face every day.

One of the drawbacks of living in Victoria — not that there are too many in our oasis by the sea — is the multitude of peaks, valleys, and hills this side of the Rocky Mountains. But UVic engineering and business student Simon Park saw the hills as a challenge begging for a solution. So, like most entrepreneurs and engineers when faced with a problem, he decided to come up with an answer.
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Hehe... ESB "Search found 158 matches: san francisco" (in this thread alone...) :mrgreen: Again:

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San Francisco: “We Cannot Overstate” Hazard of Scooters:
https://slate.com/business/2018/04/san- ... oters.html

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It was fun while it lasted.

The wheels came off San Francisco’s short-distance transportation experiment on Monday, when City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a cease and desist letter to three companies that had flooded the city’s streets with electric scooter rentals.
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Below are the photos the City Attorney released to bolster the case for a crackdown, noting, “We cannot overstate the public safety hazard that operating automobiles pose to pedestrians and cyclists.”
Watt? WATT? So... watt is it Dennis Herrera (City Attorney of San Francisco)? Ebikes or same-sex marriage?

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The Belmontonian is an online media source focusing on all things in the “Town of Homes”: from breaking news to home sales, what’s happening in the town’s highly-regarded schools, community events and sports.

If it is happening in Belmont, you’ll see it in the Belmontonian.
... and:
The Belmontonian reaches an audience of more than 17,000 monthly/209,000 annual unique users and 77,000/924,000 page views, both numbers growing each month since the Belmontonian began publishing on Jan. 31, 2014.
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Belmont is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It is a western suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, United States; and is part of the greater Boston metropolitan area. Its population was 26,171 as of July 1, 2016.
‘Dockless’ Bike Share Comes To Belmont This Summer:
http://belmontonian.com/news/dockless-b ... is-summer/

Starts:
By early summer, Belmontians will be able to grab a bike for a buck and ride off to travel around Belmont and 14 nearby towns. When they’re done, the riders need only to park it at a centralized location and that’s it.

Welcome to bike sharing, Belmont-style, as the Board of Selectmen voted on Monday, April 9 to sign an agreement to join a regional bicycle-sharing program that is unlike the Hubway Bike Share program used in Boston (since 2011), Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville which require docking stations which municipalities need to invest thousands of dollars at several locations. Under the new “dockless” program, there is no cost to Belmont.
Ends:
The service brings bikes with locks on their wheels that are opened by using the company’s app on their smartphone. Users can use the app to find locations of bikes which have GPS locators. The bikes will be located at designated public locations around town, including business centers and transportation hubs. Between 35 to 50 bikes – which may also include e-bikes, electric pedal-assist bicycles – will be located in Belmont with the cost per ride at $1, said Gober. Riders can cross town lines without leaving the network.


"may also include e-bikes"... :roll:
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Curbed is an American real-estate blog network founded by Lockhart Steele. As of 2018 there are area-specific editions for Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, the Hamptons, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. There's also a National site, founded in 2010, that Steele once described as "Architectural Digest after a three-martini lunch.” The site hosts an annual contest, the Curbed Cup, to pick the best neighborhood in each city.
Washington State laws governing electric bicycles are changing
("Starting this summer, many e-bikes will be allowed to ride on the sidewalk"):
https://seattle.curbed.com/2018/4/17/17 ... e-bike-law

:shock:

Starts:
As electric-assist bikes become more widely available through bike-sharing companies, Washington State is poised to make some major changes to laws governing the vehicles. The biggest one: In most cases, the state is nixing its laws that kept e-bikes off the sidewalk.

Bikes that can be assisted above 20 miles per hour—now known as “Class 3” electric bikes—will still be banned from the sidewalk, and riders will need to be 16 to operate them.

“Class 1” electric bikes, which pedal-assist up to 20 miles per hour, and “Class 2” electric bikes, which can be motor-propelled up to 20 miles per hour, won’t have age restrictions and will be allowed on the sidewalk, unless local laws prohibit it. The pedal-assisted bikes operated by Limebike would be considered Class 1, since they pedal-assist up to 15 miles per hour.
(Lawyers making work for other lawyers...) :wink:

Includes:
The new laws also lay out clear labeling guidelines for the bikes. Starting this July, manufacturers will have to clearly label which class each bike falls into with a label “permanently affixed” in a “prominent location.”

The bipartisan bill creating the new regulations passed out of the Washington State Legislature this session, and takes effect on June 7.
... and:
And with biking in Seattle still carrying a certain amount of danger—237 bicycle-involved crashes in the past few years were serious or fatal, according to a city safety analysis—riding on a sidewalk is sometimes a safer alternative to taking your chances in the street.
... and ends:
“I also believe in a Seattle where nobody feels they need to bike on the sidewalk to get where they are going safely,” read a Twitter thread posted in response to the article. “That’s why I work for a safe and connected bike lanes. Build a connected network of bike lanes and we can talk about a sidewalk biking ban.”
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Too often perhaps, Fear and Ignorance Rules! :roll:

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The Register-Guard is a daily newspaper in the western United States, published in Eugene, Oregon. The paper serves the Eugene-Springfield area, as well as the Oregon Coast, Umpqua River valley, and surrounding areas. As of 2016, it has a circulation of around 43,000 Monday through Friday, around 47,000 on Saturday, and a little under 50,000 on Sunday.
No place for motors
("Keep e-bikes off Oregon beaches and trails"):
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/366 ... s.html.csp

:evil:

Starts:
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is considering allowing electric bicycles on Oregon beaches — including about 30 miles in Lane County — as well as some trails.

We have one word for state parks officials: No.

Current rules allow bicycles, but not e-bikes, on about 130 miles of trails and roads in state parks and on many of Oregon’s beaches.
:roll:

Includes:
So, what could possibly go wrong?
Duh... some folks might misbehave? (Like they do, and have done... always?) :roll:

"... Other potential pitfalls..." :roll:

Even more worrisome is the possibility that e-bikes represent just the first step down a slippery slope of expanding mechanized transport in forest, wilderness and coastal areas.


That darned "slippery slope"... :cry:

(Edit: Stay tuned for next weeks article "Why freeing the slaves is bad".)
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How the Rail Trail Became the County’s Most Divisive Issue:
http://goodtimes.sc/cover-stories/rail- ... ive-issue/

Starts:
As he walks down Seabright’s railroad tracks, Miles Reiter steps over discarded potato chip bags and paper cups. He turns to face me under a eucalyptus grove hanging overhead in the narrow valley that is Santa Cruz County’s rail corridor—perhaps the most contested piece of real estate in the entire Monterey Bay.

Not far from the steel truss bridge over the San Lorenzo River, we near East Cliff Drive’s overpass, as cars zoom overhead. Reiter says the fifth-of-a-mile ravine where we’re standing isn’t wide enough to accommodate both a train and an adequate bike/pedestrian trail, like the one the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) has planned in its “rail trail” project that’s decades in the making.
Includes:
Colligan and Reiter argue that the future of transportation will take a much different path than that of previous generations. The flexibility of self-driving cars and ride-sharing will make commuters less interested in transit, they say, and electric bicycles will allow ordinary cyclists to travel longer distances on bike trails than ever before.
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The Daily Utah Chronicle is an independent student newspaper published biweekly on Monday and Thursday during Fall and Spring Semesters. Chronicle editors and staff are solely responsible for the newspaper’s content. Funding comes from advertising revenues and a dedicated student fee administered by the Student Media Council.

The Chronicle employs more than 100 students in various part- and full-time positions throughout the year.
Bike Down Electric Avenue:
http://dailyutahchronicle.com/2018/04/1 ... -electric/

Hehe... URL includes "join-the-electric-movement"... :D

Starts:
The University of Utah Sustainability Office and Utah Clean Energy announced on March 26 the launch of U Bike Electric, a campaign that aims to improve local air quality by encouraging the purchase of e-bikes.
:mrgreen:

Includes:
Through May 26, U community members can buy a variety of models of e-bikes at discounted prices from five local bike shops. Electric biking is an exhilarating rush of “freedom,” said Angela Wright of Bingham Cyclery, one of the participating bike shops.
(DANG... Wet my pants... again.)

... and:
The five bike shops offering discounts were chosen through a screening process to participate in the program. They include: Bingham Cyclery, Guthrie Bicycle Company, Contender Bicycles, eSpokes Electric Bicycles and Trek Bicycle Salt Lake City Downtown.
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Hehe... ESB "Search found 11 matches: Swytch"... again:

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AZoCleantech is the leading online publication for the Clean Technology community.

AZoCleantech educates and informs a worldwide audience of researchers, engineers and scientists with the latest industry news, information and insights about ebikes and stuff from the Clean Technology industry.

Tradeshow Talks with Swytch
https://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=717

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Please give an introduction to your company.

We're a new start-up company developing electric bike products and products for the light electric vehicle market. Last year we launched our Indiegogo raising almost half a million dollars. The Indiegogo is a switch electric bike conversion kit that turns any bike into an e-bike.

Why are you exhibiting at IoT Tech Expo?

We're here because we're raising investment to build our next project, which is the hybrid bicycle/e-bike sharing scheme. The idea being that around your village, town or city, there are many dock-less bicycles that can be easily converted to an e-bike and this is something that hasn't been seen before.
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A local, community newspaper published daily on the web at lajollalight.com and weekly in print.
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La Jolla is a hilly seaside and affluent community within the city of San Diego, California, United States occupying 7 miles (11 km) of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean within the northern city limits.

The population reported in the 2010 Census was 46,781. The 2004 estimated population was 42,808. La Jolla is surrounded on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches and is located 12 miles (19 km) north of Downtown San Diego, and 40 miles (64 km) south of Orange County,
BIKE-AGEDDON! La Jolla meetings put dockless companies in bicycle hot seat:
http://www.lajollalight.com/news/sd-cm- ... story.html

Starts:
Last week, two La Jolla community groups heard from the companies behind the dockless bikes and scooters that many citizens complain are blocking their public right-of-ways, doing business without paying taxes and endangering the lives of users and pedestrians by permitting customers to ride them drunk and/or without helmets. A third advisory board discussed the bicycles without a formal presentation, calling for an outright ban.

It was the first chance that most had to address the human beings actually behind the machines that have become a growing fixture on La Jolla’s sidewalks since February.
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LimeBike’s Khoa Nguyen, left foreground, and ofo's Stefan Winkler face angry questions from the La Jolla Village Merchants Association board on April 11. (COREY LEVITAN)

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Cleveland's VegFest returns May 5 to focus on plant-based eating (photos): (waitforit...)
http://www.cleveland.com/cooking/index. ... s_may.html

Starts:
This year's VegFest, Cleveland's annual summit of plant-based eating, returns to Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland on Saturday May 5 with a bigger space, a more streamlined schedule and four main stage speakers on vegan foods.
(... waitforit...)

Includes:
Part of the festival is a showcase of those products, along with food demos, children's activities, films, yoga sessions, and a chance to ride an electric bicycle.
:shock: 8) Oh. Wait... I feel a song coming on...
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The Miami Herald is a daily newspaper headquartered in Doral, Florida, a city in western Miami-Dade County and the Miami metropolitan area, several miles west of downtown Miami.

Founded in 1903, it is the second largest newspaper in South Florida, serving Miami-Dade, Broward County, and Monroe County. It also circulates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
... and:
Wynwood is a neighborhood in Miami, Florida, United States. Wynwood overflows with vibrant artwork, restaurants, breweries, clothing stores, dance and club venues, among other retail options. Formerly an industrial district, the area is highlighted by colorful murals that cover the walls of many of the buildings. It is north of Downtown Miami and Overtown, and adjacent to Edgewater. The Wynwood Art District is one of the most popular sites to visit in the heart of Miami, Florida. Wynwood has two major sub-districts, the Wynwood Art District in northern Wynwood, and the Wynwood Fashion District...
Electric scooters are about to make traffic in Wynwood a whole lot more interesting:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/busines ... 76364.html

Starts:
What has two wheels, a battery — and has quickly become one of the most controversial modes of transport in America?

Electric scooters. And as of this week, they're in Wynwood.

LimeBike, the bicycle ride-sharing service that's moved into Miami offering another alternative to popular Citibike, began deploying an undisclosed number of scooters in the trendy Miami neighborhood as of Tuesday. LimeBike says it has been working with 30 Wynwood businesses in advance of the launch.
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Colorado Electric Bicycle Company Partners with Boulder Bike Sharing:
http://www.einnews.com/pr_news/44264986 ... ng-program

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PAONIA, COLORADO, US, April 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Colorado based Electric Bicycle Manufacturer,Optibike, announces the continuation of the 4 year partnership with Bike Sharing Program, Boulder BCycle for 2018.

Optibike and Boulder BCycle created the BEAST (Boulder B-cycle Electric-Assist Service Trailer) to solve the problem of re balancing the bikes from station to station.

With 43 stations and over 300 rental bikes, Boulder BCycle has a huge task of re-balancing the stations as too many bikes get to one station. Prior to the Optibike and the BEAST, BCycle would use a pick up truck. The pickup truck was costly, increased traffic congestion and pollution and was difficult to maneuver in small city areas.
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Stay tuned for the MEGA-BEAST... the BEAST-TRAIN... :lol:
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amNewYork is a morning free daily newspaper that is published in New York City by Newsday. According to the company, the average Friday circulation in September 2013 was 335,900. When launched on October 10, 2003, amNewYork was the first free daily newspaper in New York City.
Dockless bike share pilot program divides transportation experts
("There are 12 companies from around the world vying to bring the emerging technology to areas not currently served by Citi Bike."):
https://www.amny.com/transit/dockless-b ... 1.18139340

Hehe... OhOh... "experts"... :lol:

Starts:
With the de Blasio administration preparing to launch dockless bike share service this summer, some experts see the future of cycling while others worry the city is cutting corners.

There are 12 companies from around the world vying for the pilot to bring the emerging technology to areas not currently served by Citi Bike, including the Bronx, Staten Island and sections of northern Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
(and linking re 12 companies to his April 3rd article:)
https://www.amny.com/transit/dockless-b ... 1.17849376

... and ends:
Kaufman said (Ed: Sarah Kaufman, the assistant director for technology programming at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation) cities like Paris had a nice mix of station-based and dockless bike and scooter services. She agrees on the need for more bike parking space, but sees potential for dockless service — and e-bikes in particular — as a way to add another layer of biking to the city, beyond Citi Bike’s bread and butter: short trips from the subway to an office or home.

“What I would love to see these companies include is a variety of bikes,” she said. “In Paris, their bike share offers child-sized bikes that could be rented out with adult-sized bikes. And with pedal-assist, I’d like to see cargo bikes. You could actually use them for trips to the grocery store and reduce truck traffic from deliveries.”
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Xinhua News Agency or New China News Agency is the official press agency of the People's Republic of China. Xinhua is the biggest and most influential media organization in China, as well as the largest news agency in the world in terms of correspondents worldwide.
Chinese producers deny dumping e-bikes to EU: (Surprise!)
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-0 ... 120947.htm

Starts:
BRUSSELS, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese electric bike producers here on Wednesday fought against a European Union trade investigation, calling on the EU not to penalise consumers.

Representatives from the China Chamber of Commerce for Imports and Exports of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME), a trade organization on behalf of Chinese producers, participated in a hearing held by the European Commission on the ongoing anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations of electric bicycles imported from China in Brussels.

The imposition of duties would harm large parts of the European industry, which is dependent on imports of parts from China, as well as European consumers by reducing choice and driving prices up, impeding the development of clean mobility and efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the EU, CCCME representatives said.
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