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The Week is an Indian newsmagazine published by The Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd. The magazine is published from Kochi and is currently printed in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kottayam. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, it is the largest circulated English newsmagazine in India.
Bicycle sharing moving into top gear in urban India:
https://www.theweek.in/leisure/lifestyl ... india.html

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For 56-year -old Poornima V. Kumar, a counsellor working in a Mysuru school, 'Trin Trin'—the Public Bike Share (PBS) system of Mysuru—is a dream come true. It is here that she learnt to cycle and has now become an expert cyclist.

She rents bicycles for almost two hours daily. “Initially I was hesitant to learn to ride a bicycle and my family was afraid that I may not be able to ride properly. However, I took up the courage and learnt to cycle using Trin Tin cycles. Now I have become so confident that I plan to come downhill from the steep Chamundi Hills road. At the same time, I do not have to worry about the maintenance and just concentrate on riding. Now I am cycling mainly for fitness and leisure activities,” said Poornima.
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An ardent supporter of 'green transportation', Mahesh had a penchant for bicycles ever since he completed his mechanical engineering. He even launched a bicycle sharing service in Mysuru using electric bicycles wherein a rider can also pedal as well use the electric components if he or she tires. Later on when the Mysuru corporation invited bids for the bike sharing project, his company won the bid. The company manufactures all the cycles in Mysuru itself though certain components such as the seat, handle, tyres are imported from China. Interestingly the tyres are puncture-resistant and the cycle is rugged but easy to ride.
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Mysore, officially named Mysuru) is the third most populous city in the state of Karnataka, India. It is located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of Bangalore and spread across an area of 152 km2 (59 sq mi). The population is 1,014,227 as of 2017.
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The Washington Post is an American daily newspaper. Published in Washington, D.C., it was founded on December 6, 1877. Located in the capital city of the United States, the newspaper has a particular emphasis on national politics and ebikes.
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As e-biking grows, U.S. cities consider easing rules on where the machines may be used:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/tr ... story.html

Hehe... "Good Old Post"... filing story under transportation versus "exercise", "health", etc etc... :lol:

Starts:
A surge in the use of electric bicycles throughout the United States is prompting cities to revise regulations that restrict their use, including bans against riding them on sidewalks and trails.

The nation’s capital and other Washington-area jurisdictions are among those taking steps to modernize and streamline policies advocates say are outdated, set unrealistic restrictions and confuse riders of bikes that can be run on electric power as well as by pedaling.
¡GO Luz! (Article author Luz Lazo) aka "The Ebiking Dama". :mrgreen:
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Hehe... Luz Post article getting bigger... :)

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The Tampa Bay Times, previously named the St. Petersburg Times through 2011, is an American newspaper published in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. It has won twelve Pulitzer Prizes since 1964, and in 2009, won two in a single year for the first time in its history. Circulation 240,024 daily 403,229 (2011)
As e-biking grows, US cities consider easing rules on where the machines may be used:
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/A ... _167114635

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The Austin American-Statesman is the major daily newspaper for Austin, the capital city of Texas. The newspaper places focus on issues affecting Austin and the Central Texas region, about ebikes and stuff.
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ZIP code 78704 is located in east Texas and covers a slightly less than average land area compared to other ZIP codes in the United States. It also has a large population density.

The people living in ZIP code 78704 are primarily white. The number of people in their late 20s to early 40s is extremely large while the number of seniors is small. There are also an extremely large number of single adults and an extremely small number of families. The percentage of children under 18 living in the 78704 ZIP code is small compared to other areas of the country.
Hehe... who writes this stuff... "primarily white"... any pink-coloured? come in stripes? Just curious...

In the news: Scooters invade 78704 — and Ben wins his bracket:
https://www.mystatesman.com/news/the-ne ... q3pARs6wM/

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Highlights

The city of Austin, beset by another transportation disruption, is scrambling to regulate bikes and scooters.

This time it was electric scooters, which hits Austin streets last week even as the city ponders bike rules.

But the most startling news of the week: Ben Wear, with help from Michigan and Sister Jean, is a hoops winner.
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Captioned: Bike rental companies display their wares Wednesday outside the downtown Austin library, part of a forum the city put on as it crafts regulations for the nascent industry. Electric scooters were not part of the show Wednesday, but that soon changed. BEN WEAR / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Post by LockH » Apr 08 2018 4:20am

Hehe... Ebiking Dama now HOT...

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The Bulletin is the daily newspaper of Bend, Oregon, United States.
... and:
Bend is a city in, and the county seat of, Deschutes County, Oregon, United States.[8] It is the principal city of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bend is Central Oregon's largest city, and despite its modest size, is the de facto metropolis of the region, owing to the low population density of that area. Bend recorded a population of 76,693 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census... Bend's metro population was estimated at 165,954 as of July 1, 2013. The Bend MSA is the fifth largest metropolitan area in Oregon.
As e-biking grows, rules may be relaxed:
http://www.bendbulletin.com/nation/6149 ... be-relaxed

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Hehe... "Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles" invades "social media" aka FacePlant on September 20, 2017...
https://www.facebook.com/yamahabicycles

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The Daily Bruin is the student newspaper at the University of California, Los Angeles. It began publishing in 1919, the year UCLA was founded, and has printed five days per week since 1925. It is now the only five-day paper serving a University of California campus.

The Bruin distributes 9,000 copies across campus each school day.
UCPD to crack down on electric scooters, issue citations over warnings:
http://dailybruin.com/2018/04/08/ucpd-t ... -warnings/

"Scooters"... aka bikes watts hard to pedal...

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Founded in 2008, CyclingTips is an Australian-based website that seeks to share the beauty of cycling and to inspire cyclists of all levels to become better and more knowledgeable riders.

We’re focused mainly on ebiking — from the professional cycling scene through to challenging local recreational rides — but we occasionally dabble in other disciplines (ebikes, including mountain biking and cyclocross).
Goodyear flies into the bicycle market with full range of tires:
https://cyclingtips.com/2018/04/goodyear-bicycle-tires/

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It’s hardly unusual for an automotive tire company to cross over into the bicycle industry. For example, long-time players Continental, Michelin, and Maxxis all have deep roots in the motorized worlds, and all three have very broad ranges across the board. More recently, we’ve also seen Pirelli dip its toe into the waters as well, but only with a smattering of models from which to choose.
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Goodyear is taking the urban segment seriously, too, with two tread designs — the Transit Speed and Transit Tour — and three different casing options for each, including tubeless models with folding beads for riders that struggle to get to work on time, and more heavily reinforced versions for riders that put a greater emphasis on durability (or have the aid of an electric motor to move things along).
"the aid of an electric motor to move things along"... :mrgreen:
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Hehe... ESB "Search found 0 matches: VanguardSpark"... Somebuddy's asleep at the wheel... :) You know... the Spark:

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MOTORRAD International is a branch of MOTORRAD, Europe's largest ebike (and motorcycle) magazine. It features news and reviews on ebikes, motorcycles, equipment & accessories.
("Erik Buell is one of the three partners behind new electric bike project")
VanguardSpark: Buell is Back:
https://www.motorcycle-magazine.com/van ... uell-back/

Starts:
Erik Buell is one of the three partners behind new electric bike project VanguardSpark which will show its first prototypes this summer.

It’s the brainchild of Buell, Vanguard founder F-X Terny and Formula-E manufacturer Spark Racing Technology. The firm intends to start with two models.

The first machine is a battery assisted bicycle dubbed SpeedBike, which the firm says it’s a step forward from normal pedelecs.
Hehe... "Normal" pedelecs... :lol:

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AND in addition to the "SpeedBike" ... they're coming out with that motorbike thingee... the VanguardSpark Commuter... watt is apparently "more intriguing"... :roll:

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VanguardSpark has released drawings of both models but emphasises that they show the design direction rather than the final styling. The firm says it’s filing four patent applications around its technology, so there’s something innovative under the skin. You’d expect as much from Erik Buell.

Interested parties can find register with the firm’s website here to get more information.
https://www.vanguardspark.com/

"Drawings"... Like to tease much? :roll: :lol:
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Post by LockH » Apr 09 2018 9:49am

Hehe... News about those bikes from Vanquard getting big... fast... :)

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Erik Buell enters electric bike arena
("VanguardSpark is the pioneer’s latest venture"):
http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-new ... bike-arena

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VanguardSpark says it has four patent applications waiting in the wings, so there’s clearly some innovation going on under the skin. We’d expect nothing less from a company drawing on Erik Buell’s knowledge. Prototypes are set to appear this summer, so it’s a project worth keeping an eye on.
... w/a YT vid of the new Honda CB1000R... "motorbike" thingee... for some reason...
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Post by LockH » Apr 09 2018 2:54pm

Hehe... ESB "Search found 1063 matches: uber"... again... this news being plastered all over...

Uber to Buy Jump, Maker of Electric Bicycles, After Bike-Sharing Test:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/tech ... bikes.html

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Uber did not say how much it paid for the bike start-up, but TechCrunch reported earlier that Jump was considering an acquisition from Uber for more than $100 million.
Ebikes getting to be BIG Business. :wink:
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The Local is the largest English-language news network in Europe, with 5 million readers a month across our nine country sites. Sweden's News in English.
Swede stopped at 98kmh on souped-up electric bicycle
https://www.thelocal.se/20180409/swede- ... ic-bicycle

Starts:
A man in Sweden was stopped by police after hitting close to 100kmh on an electric bicycle he had souped up with an engine more than 15 times as powerful as permitted under Swedish law.
The 40-year-old was stopped on Monday while riding along a road in the central city of Linköping, with the police car which apprehended him having to accelerate to 98kmh to catch up.
One of those naughty boys from the `Sphere...
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Post by LockH » Apr 09 2018 4:11pm

Hehe... that news from Utah getting bigger...

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ABC 4 Utah (KTVX) is the ABC television affiliate serving the Salt Lake City television market. ABC 4 Utah is the home to all of your favorite ABC programming as well as more local programming than any other station in Salt Lake City. ABC4 News and Good Things Utah are just a couple of the programs ABC4 Utah airs every week in high definition.
Get around, have fun and clean up Utah's air:
http://www.good4utah.com/news/midday/ge ... 1104706980

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) - The University of Utah and Utah Clean Energy are launching U Bike Electric, an electric bicycle purchase program.

It offers U community members the opportunity to buy a variety of makes and models of e-bikes at discounted prices now through May 26, 2018.

Community members are invited to test ride e-bikes on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marriott Library Plaza on the U campus.

Those interested in purchasing one of the bikes after the test ride can sign up online. Once registered, participants will receive a discount code to take to a participating dealer to purchase their bike.
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The Norwegian way of life
Equality, freedom, ebikes… and waffles. The foods, traditions and way of life here on the outskirts of Europe may sometimes seem peculiar.
Geiranger electric bike rental:
https://www.visitnorway.com/listings/ge ... al/171399/

"Geiranger Fjordservice/ticketoffice, Stranda"

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The Geiranger Fjord (Norwegian: Geirangerfjorden) is a fjord in the Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is located entirely in the Stranda Municipality. It is a 15-kilometre (9.3 mi) -long branch off the Sunnylvsfjorden, which is a branch off the Storfjorden (Great Fjord). The small village of Geiranger is located at the end of the fjord where the Geirangelva river empties into it.
Some ebikers know (Wiki:)
Hydropower generation capacity is around 31 GW in 2014, when 131 TWh was produced; about 95% of total production. Of the total production in 2011 of 128 TWh; 122 TWh was from hydroelectric plants, 4795 GWh was from thermal power, and 1283 GWh was wind generated.
Planning next vacation... if Paris doesn't work out... for some strange reason... :wink:
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Post by LockH » Apr 09 2018 7:14pm

Hehe... On a day with news fairly swamped with the JUMP-Uber deal, finally something different. :)

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The Daily Astorian is a daily newspaper, published in Astoria, Oregon, United States, established in 1873 and in publication continuously since then. The paper serves the Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside area, the Long Beach Peninsula, and surrounding areas. The newspaper is published Monday through Friday and has a circulation of approximately 8,400.
... and:
Astoria is a port city and the seat of Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Situated near the mouth of the Columbia River where it meets the Pacific Ocean, the city was named after John Jacob Astor, an investor from New York City whose American Fur Company founded Fort Astoria at the site in 1811, 207 years ago. Astoria was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on October 20, 1876.

It holds the distinction of being the first permanent United States settlement on the Pacific coast and for having the first U.S. post office west of the Rocky Mountains.

Located on the south shore of the Columbia River, the city is served by the deepwater Port of Astoria. Transportation includes ebikes and the Astoria Regional Airport with U.S. Route 30 and U.S. Route 101 as the main highways, and the 4.1-mile (6.6 km) Astoria–Megler Bridge connecting to neighboring Washington across the river. The population was 9,477 at the 2010 census.
State may allow electric bikes on coastal trails
("Fort Stevens State Park and Nehalem Bay State Park could be candidates for e-bikes"):
http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News ... tal-trails

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Electric bikes might be coming to local trails.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is proposing a rule change that would allow electric bikes, or e-bikes, on certain state park trails and roads and select areas of the ocean shore.

“Our rules were written before e-bicycles were introduced,” said Katie Gauthier, the department’s legislative and policy coordinator. “We’re just updating the rules.”

The Banks-Vernonia State Trail, a long meandering, multiuse trail between Banks in Washington County and Vernonia in Columbia County, is already popular for cycling and has been a place where people have expressed interest in being able to use e-bikes, Gauthier said.

In Clatsop County and neighboring Tillamook County, Fort Stevens State Park and Nehalem Bay State Park could be candidates for e-bikes. Both parks have some snowy plover nesting restrictions. E-bikes would not be allowed in those areas.
Hehe... Stay tuned for the usual screams based on fears and ignorance... :roll:

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The state will be collecting public comments on the proposal through May 18. Public hearings will be held in a variety of Oregon cities beginning April 23. A public hearing is scheduled in Warrenton on May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

After the public comment period closes later in May, the state will review all the comments and present final recommended rules to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, which will review the rule at a meeting in June.
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Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future with stuff like ebikes.
Are electric bikes the future of transportation? We tested one to find out: :roll: Well, DUH... :lol:
https://inhabitat.com/are-electric-bike ... -find-out/

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At first glance, it might seem like the standard bicycle doesn’t have much you could improve on. It gets you to your destination faster, provides a great workout, and doesn’t pollute the air. And, of course, once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget. However, in sprawling modern day cities—Los Angeles, we’re looking at you—bikes are sometimes less than ideal as a form of transportation. Cyclists can certainly brave the crowded streets and longer commutes, but they’re far more likely to be exhausted, or at least uncomfortable, at the end of their ride.

That’s where the electric bike comes in.
:mrgreen:

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Here at Inhabitat, we decided to test out an e-bike for ourselves to see just how different it was from a standard bicycle. On a typically sunny SoCal day, I headed down to Electric Bikes LA in El Segundo, a small suburb south of LAX, and picked up a Porteur Faraday bike. The bike itself was gorgeous, painted bright white and mint green, with sleek bamboo fenders above the wheels. The battery, which can last 25 miles when fully charged, was cleverly integrated into the frame of the bike. At the very least, I thought as I wheeled the bike out the shop’s front door, I would be riding in style, and nobody would know the bike was electric.
Hehe... Well, SOME might know... :lol:

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The verdict? Faraday’s electric bike handles and rides like a dream, and it’s easy to imagine using it to commute in L.A., or any city, really. In fact, Los Angeles is just one among many cities where it can be faster to ride a bike than drive. An electric bike isn’t exactly cheap—the average retail price in 2016 was $3,000, and Faraday’s two models go for $3,499 and $2,499—but, as an alternative to other forms of transportation, it makes sense. Faraday itself offers a 24-month financing plan that knocks the price down to $104 a month, which is about the same price as a bus or metro pass in most major cities, and far less expensive than paying for gas and insurance. Plus, you have the added benefit of appreciating and experiencing your city rather than seeing it through a car window. While the concept is still relatively new, I don’t doubt that electric bikes could be on the rise as a transportation alternative—one that’s greener, faster, and much, much more pleasant than sitting in traffic.
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The Week is a weekly British news magazine founded in 1995 which has also published a US edition since 2001... The various editions of the magazine provide perspectives on the week's current events and other news, as well as editorial commentary from global media, with the intent to provide readers with multiple political viewpoints. In addition to the above, the magazine covers a broad range of topics, including ebikes and science, technology, health, the media, business and the arts.
The bright future of electric cargo bikes: :mrgreen:
http://theweek.com/articles/762507/brig ... argo-bikes

Starts: Among a certain set of eco-conscious city dwellers, electric bikes are all the rage. These motor-assisted, battery-powered bikes are increasing in numbers on many city streets, as people discover how fun, practical, and affordable this alternative form of transportation is.

Sara Lindberg (article author) Come On Down! :)
Sara Lindberg is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, education, and business. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Headspace, LIVESTRONG, Paste Magazine, GOOD, and many more.
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Bosch will show new PowerTube 500 integrated battery at Sea Otter:
http://www.bicycleretailer.com/product- ... s2EP5oh21h

Starts:
MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — At the Sea Otter Classic later this month, Bosch eBike Systems will be offering consumers test rides on e-bikes with the company's new PowerTube 500 integrated battery.

The new battery design can be integrated into the frame for a clean look.
Includes:
The battery can be removed from the top, bottom or side. The company said it is easily removed and a safety device prevents it from falling out. It can also be charged without removal from the frame.

The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of approximately 500 watt hours; it measures 13.7" x 3.3" x 2.6" inches and weighs about 6.2 lbs.
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(" user-submitted content" aka press releases) :)

DSPOne, High Tech Pioneer, Enters Lucrative Vietnamese Market:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3728452

Starts:
SEOUL, KOREA / ACCESSWIRE / April 10, 2018 / Mr. Hong, Dongho, Chairman, CEO, founder and principal shareholder of DSPONE, a successful and profitable technology venture company and holder of 11 major patents, announced today that after 10 years of cutting-edge research and development and technical know-how in Digital Signal Processing, it was planning to enter the lucrative and growing Vietnamese market. Mr. Hong said that DSP's main focus would be to market its anti-theft devices, electric charging stations and battery swapping technology in the burgeoning Vietnamese market for bicycles, electric motorcycles, and motorbikes, and scooters.

DSP One's first product deploying to the Vietnamese market will be E-Moto. E-Moto is an anti-theft protection device that sends the GPS signal to the owner's smartphone through any of 2G/3G/4G environments. This development resulted from the creation of DSP's unique Digital Signal Processing Board, which has been used for more than 10 years by major Korean companies, including SK Telecom and Korea Telecom.
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There are approximately 50,000,000 bicycles in Vietnam, which is the world's 4th largest market following China, India, and Indonesia. With its total population is 90,000,000, Viet Nam has by far, the highest registration rate of these vehicles compared to any other country in the world. Vietnam is an extremely attractive market as the bicycle is a daily necessity and the #1 priority of most households. It also has the highest theft rate, where, in the last 2 years, a bicycle is stolen every 10 seconds. There are approximately 3,000,000 new registrations every year. DSP is confident that its E-Moto anti-theft device will find a large and receptive market.
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The Verge is an American technology news and media network operated by Vox Media. It has offices in Manhattan, New York City. The network publishes news items, long-form feature stories, product reviews about ebikes and stuff, podcasts, and an entertainment show.
VanMoof+ subscriptions make $3,500 electric bikes seem affordable
("Buy the keys, not the bike"):
https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/10/1721 ... price-date

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Today, VanMoof, the Amsterdam-based maker of stylish smart bicycles, is announcing the VanMoof+ subscription service for a handful of global cities. VanMoof Plus is built around a one-time “key fee” and a monthly subscription rate that significantly lower the entry-price for anyone that’s been longing to commute on an electric bicycle but was put off by their exorbitant prices.

VanMoof Plus is a twist on big-city bike-sharing programs: instead of sharing a fleet of bikes with a city full of people, you subscribe to use a single bicycle, complete with unlimited maintenance and theft protection. In VanMoof’s words, you buy the key, not the bike, which the company continues to own.
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The Yomiuri Shimbun is a Japanese newspaper published in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and other major Japanese cities. Founded in 1874, the Yomiuri Shimbun is credited with having the largest newspaper circulation in the world, having a combined morning and evening circulation of 14,323,781 through January 2002. In 2010, the daily was the number one in the list of the world's biggest selling newspapers with a circulation of 10,021,000. As of mid-year 2011, it still had a combined morning-evening circulation of almost 13.5 million for its national edition.
... and:
Yomiuri also publishes The Japan News (formerly called The Daily Yomiuri), one of Japan's largest English-language newspapers.
Shimanami bike course gives riders fresh sea breezes :
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004343462

Starts:
Running through islands in the Seto Inland Sea, the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway connects Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, with Imabari, Ehime Prefecture.

Among the three routes linking the Shikoku and Honshu regions via bridges, the expressway is the only one offering a bicycle lane, attracting more than 300,000 cyclists from Japan and overseas each year.
Includes:
As I pedaled harder, sweat built up on my forehead.

“I should have borrowed an electric bike,” I said to myself.
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... and:
In fiscal 2016, a total of about 140,000 rental bicycles were used. The number doubled from that in fiscal 1999.
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... and:
Rental bicycles are ¥1,000 per day for junior high school students or older, and ¥300 for elementary school students or younger. Renting electric power-assisted bicycles costs ¥1,500 for up to six hours, with deposits ranging from ¥500 to ¥1,000.
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The Star is an English-language, tabloid-format newspaper in Malaysia. Based in Petaling Jaya, it was established in 1971 as a regional newspaper in Penang. It is the largest paid English newspaper in terms of circulation in Malaysia, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. It has a daily circulation of about 250,000 (as of January 2017), far eclipsing the circulation of its next-largest paid English-language competitor, the New Straits Times (who has a circulation of approximately 65,000).
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The Star is a party-owned paper, associated with the current government of Malaysia. Since 1977, The Star has been effectively controlled by the Malaysian Chinese Association, the third-largest party in the ruling Barisan Nasional alliance, though it is part of the publicly-listed Star Media Group.
The scooter-sharing apocalypse is coming : :)
https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-ne ... is-coming/

Starts:
When a cluster of brightly coloured dockless Mobike bicycles suddenly appeared on the street where Paul Strauss lives in the centre of Washington, D.C., he was tempted to go for a ride.
Includes:
Though he talked himself out of it, he's since noticed a proliferation of shareable bikes and electric scooters around the city – sometimes piloted by gleeful users, other times parked like phantoms in the middle of sidewalks, or leaning against buildings.

From D.C. and Dallas to Seattle and San Diego, the dockless apocalypse, or “wheelmageddon,” has dawned. Just as WiFi untethered Internet users from dialling up for service, new technology allows would-be riders to locate bikes or scooters scattered on city streets without searching out a tethered docking station.
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The U.S. Bike Specialty Market Pedals Ahead, with Mountain and Electric Bicycles Leading the Pack, The NPD Group Reports:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/04/prweb15399879.htm

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The U.S. cycling market is a $5.9 billion industry, with independent bicycle dealers capturing about 52 percent of those sales and the rest of the market the remaining piece of the pie, according to retail sales data from global information company The NPD Group. While sales have been soft across the rest of market channel, the specialty channel is stable on account of the pockets of growth and shifts that are driving the market.

Mountain bike sales are growing at the expense of road bikes. In 2017, mountain bike sales were $577.5 million, up 3 percent over the prior year, while the $412.8 million road bike category declined by 12 percent. In 2014, road was a larger bike category than mountain, but since then the gap has flipped as sales of the latter have grown over the last three years, while sports performance road bikes have slowed.

The fastest-growing bicycle type in the market right now is electric. E-bike sales totaled $77.1 million in 2017, up 91 percent over the previous year. Sales of electric bikes have grown more than eightfold since 2014.
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Veteran Battery Producer A123 Systems Invests In Solid-State Battery Development With Ionic Materials:
https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/03/ve ... materials/

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Solid-state batteries theoretically promise more energy density and also more thermal tolerance, which means less likelihood of a fire. In the latest series of strategic investments from A123, this one in Ionic Materials, a company that develops material technology, means A123 has access to a unique polymer electrolyte that allows for higher levels of safety and performance in batteries.


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Will e-bikes get run over by EU VAT reform?:
https://ecf.com/news-and-events/news/wi ... vat-reform

Starts:
The European Commission has published a proposal for reforming the EU VAT system. The good news: Sales of conventional bikes could benefit from reduced or zero VAT in the future. The bad news: E-bikes are excluded and Member States would be obliged to apply standard VAT rates on them.
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What is more, a number of Member States, such as Sweden, France, or Austria, have introduced purchase premiums schemes to increase the market uptake of electric bikes (see ECF Report “Electromobility for all”). Most recently, the Transport Commission of the Spanish Parliament has voted on a motion calling for the introduction of various fiscal incentives for cycling, including purchase premiums for electric bikes and reduced VAT rates for both conventional and electric bikes. Being able to apply reduced or zero VAT rates could further bolster these policy measures at national level, while the current proposal puts a break on them.
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