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Post by LockH » Jun 04 2018 5:37pm

Hehe, that article in Bloomberg a few daze ago has jumped to Australia...

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Ford's 2-wheeled electric car of the future is being tested in China:
https://www.afr.com/news/world/asia/for ... 604-h10yoz

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The two-wheeled vehicle whizzing around a Beijing test track is a mashup of motorcycle, electric car and space capsule, wrapped around the brain of a smartphone. And engineer Zhu Lingyun believes it will be on public roads within two years.

Inspired by a Ford Motor Co. concept car from 1961 that used gyroscopes to stay upright, Zhu built a streamlined version that resembles an escape pod from a science-fiction movie. Beijing Lingyun Intelligent Technology Co. plans to build the gyrocar itself and may pick a domestic location for its factory this month, with a goal to start sales in 2020.
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The gyroscope balancing the car is under the seat, and doors open on both sides. Retractable wheels are under the doors.

During a test drive, the gyrocar was quiet and stable, and more nimble than a traditional car when making turns.
Should NOT remind folks re the balancing bicycle video watt Giggle News released on April 1st two years ago, of course.

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The Asahi Shimbun, literally Morning Sun Newspaper, English: Asahi News) is one of the five national newspapers in Japan. Its circulation, which was 7.96 million for its morning edition and 3.1 million for its evening edition as of June 2010, was second behind that of Yomiuri Shimbun. The company has its registered headquarters in Osaka.
Stylish sporting e-bikes shed ‘uncool’ image, gain following:
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201806050005.html

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Manufacturers of electric bicycles, once deemed “uncool” in Japan, are releasing stylish sporting models that have won over an unexpectedly large number of customers.

The main buyers are middle-aged and elderly people who use the battery-powered bicycles for sporting activities.

Cyclists in general view bicycles as vehicles that should be “pedaled by foot.” So electric bicycles were regarded as a type of “mamachari” (mom’s bike), the ubiquitous bicycles with baskets often used for grocery shopping and transporting small children.

Companies are striving to change that image.

Panasonic Corp. said May 18 it will market an electricity-powered mountain bike model in July that can run up to 107 kilometers on one battery charge. Its motor will help riders with hills and mountain trails, allowing the cyclist to pedal for long hours without becoming exhausted.

Panasonic’s stylish design includes an integration of the frame and battery to make the battery inconspicuous.
Mister Katayama, an executive officer of Panasonic Corp. asks Ladies and Gentlemen to please stop saying "He's Hot", or "She's Hot" as they ride by going "too fast". It's not polite. Thank You.
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Hehe... News getting bigger...

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Hyperdrive: The two-wheeled electric car of the future being tested in China:
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Lingyun Goes Two wheeled At The Beijing Auto Show 2017
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Florida ad company to take over management of bus stop benches:
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In other action, the council:

• Approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would allow e-bikes on city bicycle and pedestrian trail systems. E-bikes, which are growing in popularity locally and nationally, look much like regular bicycles but are equipped with a battery-powered motor for assisted pedaling. Current city law prohibits the use of any motorized vehicle on recreational trails, and e-bikes technically meet the definition of a motorized vehicle. The proposed ordinance would amend city law to allow for the operation of low-speed electric assist bikes on the trails. Federal law defines low-speed electric bicycles as those with a motor of less than 750 watts and a maximum motorized speed of less than 20 mph when on level pavement with a 170-pound rider.
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TheDrive.com covering ebikes (and cars and culture)...
Regulating San Francisco's Electric Scooter Problem
("Local lawmakers struggle to regulate the scooter companies and the companies refuse to leave."):
http://www.thedrive.com/tech/20950/regu ... er-problem

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San Francisco is one of the most eco-friendly cities in the world. Environmental accountability, sustainability, and green energy are all integral parts of the city's fabric. A growing trend in the Bay Area is electric scooter rental programs. The e-scooter trend sounds like the perfect fit for an eco-conscious city like San Francisco, yet CNBC reports that the populace is being divided by the introduction of scooters to the city.
Stay tuned... next week Regulating San Francisco's Car Problem
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Five minutes with: Booomers
("In our latest series, we’re getting to grips with the brands that you deal with every day"):
https://www.bikebiz.com/features/five-m ... h-booomers

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The Five minutes with series presents a company with five short, sharp and to-the-point questions about who they are and what they do. This week, we’re joined by Booomers CEO Kwabena Danso.

Can you tell us the history of the company?

Booomer is a social enterprise which was founded five years a go to undertake the commercial production of bamboo bicycle freames and accessories for the market.
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What innovations in the industry are exciting you at the moment?

The coming of electric bikes is what is exciting for me at this point. This is the reason we developed the Bamboo Electric bikes as well. This is another innovation within the cycling industry that is attracting the world and we are happy to have come in with the green dimention to this movement sweeping customers across the globe.
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Dockless bike share is coming to Philly, could be active by end of year
("The program would supplement — not replace — Indego."):
https://billypenn.com/2018/06/05/dockle ... d-of-year/

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A new bike share system in which bikes can be parked and picked up anywhere in the city via smartphone will likely be active in Philadelphia by the end of the year.

The “dockless” system was discussed at City Council on Monday. Aaron Ritz, Philly’s transportation programs manager, told the Committee on Streets and Services a regulatory framework could be in place by late summer or early fall. In an interview afterwards, Ritz said it would be reasonable to expect dockless bikes on the streets of Philly by the end of the year. (The timeline is pending Council’s passage of regulations.)

But the arrival of dockless bikes doesn’t mean Philly is scrapping its current system. Indego, which debuted in 2015, will continue to operate with city oversight. Ritz said an expansion of service for Indego is planned for later in the summer, with details to be announced in the coming weeks. Indego has about 1,200 bicycles at 120 docking stations.

“We’re absolutely focused on Indego,” he said. “It’s proven that it works.”
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According to the bill, all dockless bike companies would have to be licensed by the city and regulated by L&I and the Streets Dept. User safety would be the biggest priority, Ritz said, with mandatory regular inspections of bicycles. It’s not yet clear whether Philadelphia would let just one company register or allow multiple companies to operate and compete, as has been the case in Dallas, Seattle and elsewhere.

Users of dockless bikes would share some responsibility. The bill would make it illegal for a person to park a bike in the street, punishable by fine.

The bill would allow for more than dockless bikes, too. It would govern rental programs for essentially anything you can rent that doesn’t require a license plate, such as electric scooters — the latest craze in San Francisco — and who knows what else?

“Scooters were not a thing,” Ritz said, “until three months ago.”
Electrics ("scooters", at least...) are a "thing"... "the latest craze"... :)
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People who walk, bike and ride scooters are all fighting over crumbs.:
https://www.treehugger.com/walking/peop ... rumbs.html

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It's time to take back the streets from all the cars and make room for alternative modes of transportation.

Electric scooters, those tiny, non-polluting and fun tools for getting around San Francisco, have effectively been banned.
:evil:

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No, bikes are not a fashion choice, and neither are scooters; they are alternatives to big metal boxes that take up too much space in the city and their users have as much right to the real estate as cars do, and should be encouraged, not challenged.
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Except we are not even fighting over cookies. We are fighting over crumbs. Instead, we should all be working together to take back the streets.
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Ready to ride? Tips to find the right fit for your bike style:
http://www.kcchronicle.com/2018/06/05/r ... e/dyyobhn/

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Are you in the market for a new bike? Maybe you are thinking about getting that old bike in the garage out for a tune-up or maybe you are ready for an entirely different adventure.

Whatever type of riding you are planning to do, there is a bike to suit your needs. At Cycling Republic, we do our best to get to know our clients personally so that we can find the bike that best fits their lifestyle. Let’s face it – the more you love your bike, the more you are going to ride it! We’ve taken the opportunity here to provide you with a brief overview of the main bicycle categories.
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E-bikes are the perfect bike for those riders that want just a little boost to get to where they are going a little faster or a little farther than usual. Built similarly to a hybrid bike, an e-bike includes pedal assist. This small motor allows a rider the option of utilizing electric power to breeze up hills and longer distances with more ease and stability.
In Kane County at least, E-bikes are now a "main bike category". :mrgreen:
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North Shore seniors looking for an easy ride:
http://www.nsnews.com/lifestyle/seniors ... 1.23325182

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Ian Rose-Innes is on a mission to recreate for mobility-challenged North Shore seniors that feeling of riding a bike for the first time.

“The right to the wind in your hair” is the mantra of Cycling Without Age, a movement to get the elderly back on bikes that started in Copenhagen six years ago and has since spread to close to 40 countries worldwide.
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There are three pieces of cycling equipment Rose-Innes is looking at implementing here: a trishaw, duet cycle and team dual trike. Considering the steep gradients on the North Shore, all of the bikes would be equipped with electric assist.
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Hehe... ESB "Search found 111 matches: Redshift". Again:

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This Alta Motorcycle Hints at Harley-Davidson’s Electric Future
("The $13,495 Alta Motors Redshift SM uses technology that the big brand will use to create its own electric bikes. So how is it?"):
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... imited-fun

(Article grouped under category Cars) :roll:

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When Harley-Davidson Inc. announced earlier this year that it would make an electric motorcycle, many people in the independent motorcycle community lauded the move.

“This will only increase the respect that the brand gets,” Alan Stulberg, founder of custom-build shop Revival Motorcycles, said at the time. “At least finally, they can say that Harley does low-tech heritage and it does cutting-edge technology.”

But the brand didn’t say it would make the e-bike from scratch. So it was interesting to note which company Harley announced in March would help usher it into the new millennium, as it were: Alta Motors, the California-based manufacturer founded in 2010.
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Includes: Domestic sales at Alta, meanwhile, have risen year over year, increasing 18 times from 2016 to 2017. The company does not yet sell motorcycles outside the United States.

:shock: :shock: :mrgreen:

... and: The Good

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The Bad

That brings up the main challenge you’ll face on the Alta Redshift SM: its lackluster battery range. When I speak with Alta’s co-founder Marc Fenigstein in L.A., he says the average rider gets roughly 50 miles or so to a charge, though it’s closer to 40 miles per charge if you tend to ride aggressively. It’ll last 20 minutes if you’re racing.

Charging time takes up to four hours on a 240-volt socket, or six hours on a 120-volt.
Watt article doesn't used the word SWAP EVen once. :roll:

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MICA celebrates accomplishments and looks to future at AGM:
http://www.manitoulin.ca/2018/06/06/mic ... re-at-agm/

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KAGAWONG––A dedicated group of cyclists met at the Kagawong Park Centre on Wednesday, May 23 for Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates (MICA)’s 8th annual general meeting. Following a welcome and general introductions, MICA President Maja Mielonen introduced guest speaker Justin Tilson who gave a well received talk on e-bikes.

“I’m really into electric bikes,” began Mr. Tilson. “My disability makes it slow and hard to get around. The electric motor provides extra help so I can use my bike more. One of the things I hear when I use my bike is that people ride for exercise so why use an e-bike? You can still pedal. It just makes it easier.”

Mr. Tilson has travelled from Manitoulin Island to Texas using his electric bike. His setup included an aftermarket programmable solar charger (for controlling charge and discharge), which may seem a little pricy at approximately $300; however, having that extra control extends battery life. He connected solar panels to a lithium battery pack. The solar panels charged the batteries from his trailer while he rode. He remembered a sunny day he was able to ride 230 km on one charge. “It’s really satisfying to feel it all working together,” he said.

He noted it is hard on lithium batteries when they are fully discharged but in our climate they are used seasonally and get shelved. There are newer, more expensive, battery packs available that when put in storage mode they won’t discharge. They are also sized so you can carry them on a plane if you are travelling.

There are different systems and different voltage and battery packs available. One option is a simple kit to fit the existing wheel. “It’s simpler and you don’t need a second set of gears,” explained Mr. Tilson. “It’s cheaper that way.”

He recommends a geared over a direct drive motor. “The battery is the expensive part, although it is getting better,” he said. Details are important. Mr. Tilson prefers a lithium battery, adding, “It’s not too intrusive, requiring just a little bit of extra wiring.”

E-bike systems can be adapted to almost any bike. “It extends the utility of the bike, allowing you to treat your bike like a car or truck,” said Mr. Tilson. He attaches a single wheel trailer to his bike, using it to get groceries. He notes electric bikes are well suited to urban living and can replace a car for many daily chores. “If you’re tired after work, you can haul 40 pounds of groceries or a couple of kids” without much effort.

All of the normal bike is still there, Mr. Tilson responded an enquiry about gears. “You shift gears as normal,” he said. “Although you tend to be at the higher end of gears rather than the lower end.”

“I’ve been messing with electric bikes for a number of years,” Mr. Tilson said. He has set up a wholesale account and is gearing up to sell them. The cost for a conversion today is probably around $1,000, depending on the battery pack and other options. “You probably don’t want to put it on a fancy carbon fibre bike,” he warned, “and you have to have the capacity to steer and brake at high speeds.”

Mr. Tilson is happy to help anyone to get set up with an electric bike “after the election.” (Mr. Tilson is the Green Party candidate in the 2018 provincial election.) He encouraged attendees to try out his bike after the meeting. “Please ride it and see your inner child come out.”

Ms. Mielonen thanked Mr. Tilson for his presentation, throwing in a word of caution to general laughter. “Recent statistics have shown that the elderly male population has more accidents on bikes than in cars,” she said. “Just because you have a motor doesn’t mean you’re a hero.”
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According to the 2016 Census, 53,504 people live in the city of Waterford and its suburbs.
Enjoy Waterford
("Enjoy Waterford’s Greenway in comfort on an E-Bike"):
http://www.waterford-today.ie/waterford ... 12483.html

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In the early 1950’s during the month of May what could be called a spectacular hurling tournament was held in Dunhill. At the time it was no bother to me to cycle the approx. twenty miles there and back on my Raleigh, all steel bicycle as it was called at the time, with my younger brother on the cross bar. Those were the days, as we all know age does its job and on retirement I thought my cycling days were over. I was wrong! Upon reading in a fitness magazine about the new electric bike, I was hooked and I hired out my first electric bike. After some practice I made a nostalgic spin on my E-bike, yes you guessed to Dunhill, uphill and down dale no bother I was rejuvenated. It was then I knew, I was ready for what was for me an ambition to cycle the Greenway to Dungarvan and back sixty miles. So off I set, up Bilberry on my E-bike on to the Greenway, passing the Red Iron Bridge which I walked across as a child. I could write a eulogy on the performance of my E-bike, it was a great experience.
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I couldn’t recommend it more, paying a visit to the recently opened E-bike hire shop in Waterford and avail of some of their demo models of E-Bikes.You will really enjoy it. Turn back the years!
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Uber launching JUMP bike-sharing service in Europe:
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/busines ... in-europe/

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Ride-hailing company Uber said on Wednesday it would launch electric bicycle sharing service JUMP Bikes, which it bought last month, in Europe as it seeks to expand into other transportation modes and make peace with local authorities.

Uber agreed to buy the startup in April in an attempt to be a truly multi-modal transport service.

“The team is working hard to bring JUMP to Berlin by the end of this summer and we also plan to launch in additional cities across Europe in the coming months,” said Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi at a conference in Berlin.
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UK Q1 bike import volumes bounce back to highest level in eight years:
https://cyclingindustry.news/uk-q1-bike ... ght-years/

Starts:
The UK bike market continues to buck an earlier gloomy forecast of 1 million less bikes, building on the final tally for 2017; Q1 imports by volume rose to their highest like-for-like level in eight years.

Back in August of 2017, CI.N reported on a somewhat worrying trend of import decline that had led to a forecast of “one million less bikes” imported over 2014 levels. Thankfully, that forecast was bucked by a late surge in Q4, something that has continued into the start of 2018.
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Electric Bikes

Improved coding, in theory, should now mean more accurate electric bike import data following a period where it was believed things like electric hoverboards may have been skewing figures.

Remaining in the ascendancy, electric bike imports are up 56% in volume against the same quarter in 2017.

:twisted:

An early indication of the bike industry’s response to the anti-dumping investigation against Chinese electric bikes, March data saw a 25% dip in shipments. Over the past 12 months roughly half of all electric bikes coming into the UK stemmed from China, though that figure is now expected to decline as firms reshuffle their sourcing.
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... and:
Pitkin County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,148. The county seat is Aspen.
(So in Pitkin, Aspen is a "city", and Snowmass is a "town".) :)

Snowmass opts for e-bikes on paved trails:
https://www.aspendailynews.com/news/sno ... af840.html

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Snowmass Village Town Council this week agreed to follow its staff’s recommendation and allow e-bikes on paved trails, opting to remain consistent with Pitkin County, which recently lifted its ban on the motor-assisted cycles.

The trails in Snowmass where e-bikes would be allowed include the pedestrian paths that sidle along Owl Creek Road and Brush Creek Road and make the connection with Highway 82.

By a vote of 3-0 — with Mayor Markey Butler and Councilman Bill Madsen absent — council approved on first reading Ordinance 5, series of 2018, which outlines rules for the electric-motor-assisted bikes.

Snowmass Village has had a moratorium on e-bikes since shortly after Gov. John Hickenlooper last year signed into law HB 17-1151, which created three classes of e-bikes and opened bike and pedestrian paths to lower categories of the machines. The legislature’s e-bike bill became effective in August 2017.

Town Attorney John Dresser said Monday night that when the legislature came up with what he called “blanket authorization for e-bikes,” the town decided it wanted time to study potential impacts from their introduction.

In the end, it was determined that “consistency with the county is very important,” according to Dresser, a notion he said was echoed by parks director Andy Worline and the town’s trails committee.

Pitkin County commissioners last month voted to end a prohibition on e-bikes on the county’s section of the Rio Grande Trail that had been in place since 2011, while lifting an e-bike moratorium on other county paved trails that was in place since 2017. The county’s new policy allows class 1 e-bikes only, after a public survey showed support for that type of e-bike, but not class 2 and class 3.
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Dr. Rachel Aldred: Why the electric bike business must lobby Government:
https://cyclingindustry.news/dr-rachel- ... overnment/

Starts:
Electric bikes are considered to present an immense opportunity to the market, but do we truly understand just how impactful these mobility machines could be? University of Westminster transport researcher Rachel Aldred puts the Propensity to Cycle Tool to use, analysing the potential of the segment; asking could it be greater with Government backing?

By 2014, according to the European Cyclists’ Federation, Germany had spent €1.4 billion of public money on R&D for electric cars, announcing in 2016 another €1 billion of subsidies. All this effort helped put 25,500 purely electric cars on German streets. Meanwhile, 2.5 million e-Bikes (pedelecs) appeared, without fanfare and almost without subsidy.

While e-Bike sales are growing in the UK, they’re still a niche transport mode. Yet they could play an important role in growing cycling. In the Propensity to Cycle Tool project (pct.bike) my colleagues and I looked at cycling potential in England and Wales, based on commute trip characteristics. One scenario, ‘Go Dutch’, calculates how many commutes would be cycled if English and Welsh commuters were as likely as the Dutch to cycle trips of a given length and hilliness. This would mean a mode share of nearly 20% – seven times higher than current levels, with hotspots of up to 40% in compact, flat, and urban areas.
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http://rachelaldred.org/

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Its headquarters and original campus are in Regent Street in the City of Westminster area of central London, with additional campuses in Fitzrovia, Marylebone and Harrow. It operates the Westminster International University in Tashkent in Uzbekistan.
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Lyft to buy company that operates Divvy for $250 million, report says:
https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/a ... eport-says

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Lyft drivers are behind the wheel in a large percentage of cars on Chicago roadways—and now the ride-share company is looking to gobble up many of the bikes on the streets, too.

The San Francisco-based transportation company is buying Motivate, the private company which operates Chicago's bike-share system, Divvy. The cost? At least $250 million, according to a report published by tech news website The Information, which says the two companies have agreed to the terms of the deal but not finalized it. A spokesman for Lyft declined to comment. Motivate didn't respond to an emailed request for comment.
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Hehe... THIS news ("bike sharing"... like Uber jumping into Europe...) has been flooding the media... getting REALLY BIG... more so than drunken football players or silly politicians... Too many news items to bother to flood this thread with... but again:

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Wheels Of Fortune: Can Ofo Spin Its Chinese Bike-share Business Into The US?:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/bizcarson/ ... 07094b122e

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A van pulls up to a warehouse on the south side of Seattle, unloading yellow bikes and placing them in a repair line. It looks nothing like the bicycle graveyards found outside repair shops in China, where thousands of bikes lie abandoned and rusting, but the same company logo appears: Ofo.

Four-year-old Ofo was a pioneer in dockless bike-sharing, in which bikes don't lock to a station but have electronic locks on the tires that click open with the scan of a bar code. That means anyone can ride a bike anywhere and leave it there for the next person to pick up.

The Beijing-based company has 15 million bikes across the globe and an estimated valuation of $3 billion, according to PitchBook. Ofo raised $866 million in an Alibaba-led funding round in March, a month before Mobike, its rival in China, sold to Meituan-Dianping for $2.7 billion.
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Yeah. They are really annoying some folks around here. I don't mind 'em though.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/enterta ... 048684001/
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^^ Hehe... Some live only to be "annoyed". :lol:

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Onyx RCR Electric Bike:
http://hiconsumption.com/2018/06/onyx-r ... tric-bike/

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Forged with inspiration from the bikes of the ’60s and ’70s, the new electric bike from Onyx is a retro-futuristic racer. Dubbed a “cafe blaster,” Onyx has recrafted a vintage model for modern use, with their RCR electric bike.

Built tough, with the nostalgic, sheer metal look of the retro cafe racers, these tawny and chrome motorbikes pack a punch for an electric vehicle of such modest dimensions. The RCR offers 72 volts of torque, and can reach a top speed of 60 mph.
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[size=150][b]Dallas is curbing its bike-share mess, which means nothing without the bike lanes we were promised[/b][/size]:
[url]https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/comm ... s-promised[/url]

Starts: [quote]No, you're not imagining it — there are fewer of those lite-brite buck-an-hour bikes littering Dallas' sidewalks today than there were a few months ago. Where there were some 20,000 yellow and green and orange and gray tumped-over two-wheelers strewn between your Here and There only months ago, city officials say today that number's more like 13,000. Guess it depends on whether we're counting the ones at the bottom of the Trinity River and White Rock Lake.

What I'm saying is LimeBike, Ofo, Mobike, Spin and VBikes are doing a better job of cleaning up the mess they started making last summer. And the city's doing a better job of making them, with an assist from Downtown Dallas Inc., which recently planted a few new bike racks and painted a few new corrals in the city center.[/quote]

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REALLLY doubt these are electrics... :cry:
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Letter: Electric Scooters Aren’t Selfies, They’re Selfie Sticks
("A reader traces the electric scooter craze to the growing influence of Chinese manufacturing on our global urban environment."):
https://www.theatlantic.com/letters/arc ... ks/562100/

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Unfortunately, the Electric Scooters Are Fantastic
Updated on June 6 at 4:04 p.m. ET
I enjoyed your recent article on the electric scooter phenomenon—I wanted to hate them, too, not least because they’ve been rolled out in the most tech bro-y of ways, i.e., without considering the social impact they’d have on civic life. But the first time I rode one, I realized it was fun, a lot more convenient than a bicycle (especially for navigating San Francisco hills) and more than a little terrifying. After I got used to it, I found myself nodding along to what Robinson wrote: “Riding one feels like a superpower.”

As I look at them, I also remember the hoverboard craze from a couple years back. The bigger story, I think, is that these electric scooters reflect the growing influence of Chinese manufacturing on our global urban environment. Many of the electric scooters seem to be rebranded Xiaomi products, and they are part of the larger global phenomenon of dockless transport reshaping urban life. Dockless bikeshares, which have taken hold in many Chinese cities, can now be found throughout many Western cities.
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Our newspaper serves the community with a circulation of 30,000, published every Thursday. Circulation is audited by the Circulation Verification Council (CVC).
‘Gallons of Sunshine’
("Bird, Tesla and Cero help Santa Monica’s ClimateFest show sustainability can be fun"):
https://argonautnews.com/gallons-of-sunshine/

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For a second I worried I’d parked in the wrong lot for ClimateFest, until I turned and saw a pair of Priuses rolling up behind me, quiet and stealthy. Held two Saturdays ago (May 19) at Saint Monica Catholic Church, the city of Santa Monica-sponsored event featured a full day of workshops and activities showcasing the fun side of environmentalism. “It doesn’t have to be like eating your broccoli,” Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer told me.

In that spirit, I skipped the morning lectures and started my day test-riding a bright red Tesla Model S piloted by owner Linda Nicholes, cofounder of nonprofit Plug In America, which advocates for electric vehicles. Linda opened the sunroof using the Tesla’s slick touchscreen controls and, blasting The Doors’ “Love Her Madly,” we headed down California Avenue toward the Pacific. “How fast does it go?” I asked her. “Too fast,” she said. “I’ve got the speeding tickets to prove it.”

Nicholes is an electric vehicles pioneer who was featured in the 2006 documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?”; a climate activism milestone that delved into the decommissioning of General Motor’s first battery-powered vehicles. More than a decade later, Nicholes finds people still worry about running out of battery power — “range anxiety,” she calls it — but noted that she came all the way from Orange County and still had 200 miles left on her charge. Every night she plugs the Tesla into her rooftop solar panels; she was the first in Anaheim to install them. “I run on gallons of sunshine,” she said.

Gallons of sunshine. Especially in Greater Los Angeles, with its clogged freeways, gas-guzzling cars and smoggy sunsets, you’ve got to admire the sunny optimism of environmentalists. Where the rest of us say “traffic isn’t going anywhere,” or “we’ll never get off gas,” environmentalists are the dreamers pushing us toward a better, cleaner tomorrow.

Back outside the church, I meandered the rows of booths for environmental nonprofits, staffed by volunteers and employees of all ages and races handing out brochures on recycling, sea level rise, sustainable cooking, bicycle safety and ocean pollution.

With the tall stone walls of the church looming overhead, I was struck by the juxtaposition of science and religion. Once bitter enemies, the two are friendlier now under Pope Francis, who issued a recent encyclical calling climate change a threatening “moral issue.” I raised that point with Saint Monica Parish Administrator Mike Mottola. “On a higher level, we like to be a partner with the city and community in stewardship of the Earth — a value of ours as Catholics,” he said. “On a practical level, we could use the rental revenue.”

Next, I grabbed a free helmet from Bird, the hot new startup planting electric scooters all around Santa Monica and L.A. Users can download Bird’s smartphone app, find the nearest scooter, and ride it anywhere within a 15-mile range, explained Bird’s government relations director. With a title like that, you’d expect a coat and tie, but this one wore a flannel shirt and baseball cap. Sipping an Arnold Palmer, he acknowledged the company takes flack for riders ignoring their warnings to wear helmets, and insisted they’ll mail a free helmet to any rider who requests one. (Make the request from the app’s “safety” tab and only pay shipping costs.)

“Do they make a kill switch for those scooters?” asked Venice resident Michael Krieger, rolling up on his electric bike. Krieger referred to a recent car crash involving a Bird scooter and said he’d like to see an EMP-type device that shuts down the scooter if someone is riding crazy. Krieger moonlights as road captain for the Venice Electric Light Parade, run by his friend “Mark Sombrero,” and complained they’re constantly clearing obtrusively parked Bird scooters from the bike path.
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And much, much more.

Terre Haute (pronounced "terra hote") is French for "high ground." The city rises in all of its Midwestern splendor at the intersection of Interstate 70 and U.S. 41 in west-central Indiana, about 70 miles southwest of Indianapolis. The Wabash River flows down its western edge as it makes its way toward a rendezvous with the Ohio River.

Our city (population app. 59,614) is the county seat for Vigo County (population approx. 105,848). It serves as a regional employment, retail, education, cultural, dining, entertainment and health-care hub for more than a dozen surrounding counties in Indiana and east-central Illinois.
Enthusiastic cycling couple buys downtown bike shop
("Enthusiastic cycling couple buys downtown Terre Haute bike shop"):
http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_news ... 34d69.html

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Jim and Maria Mauriello love biking, and now they hope to make a living at their passion.

They've followed their hearts by purchasing Fat Bikes, now called Crossroads Cyclery.

A grand opening took place Wednesday at the business's new location, 1102 Ohio St., across from Dentistry Just for Kids. Fat Bikes was located at 1119 Wabash Ave.
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Crossroads Cyclery also sells three-wheeled trikes and e-bikes, or electric bikes; e-bikes have a battery-powered electric motor, which "amplifies the pedaling that you put into it, so it takes a lot less effort to pedal," Mauriello said.
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