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Guiness World Record Holder Cycles Around Iceland in 11 Days:
https://now.guidetoiceland.is/2018/09/2 ... e-iceland/

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Sushil Reddy yesterday completed a full circle around Iceland on an electric bicycle, along with his travel partner Luis Fourzan. Sushil’s journey began on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and took a total of 11 days. The trip was completely carbon neutral and stands as a testament to the strength and viability of clean energy sources (even in cloudy weather).
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(Iceland's ring road is 1332 km (828 miles)...)

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California Inc.: Trump's tariffs could take toll on holiday-season sales:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-l ... tory.html#

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Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section.

I’m Business columnist David Lazarus, and here’s a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week.
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Pedal power: The O.C. Register checks out how some SoCal electric-bike companies are weathering the trade storm. One such firm, Fountain Valley’s Pedego Electric Bikes, isn’t moving jobs back to the United States from China. It “plans to open a new factory in tariff-free Vietnam. And it expects to raise the average price of its e-bikes by $300 — about 8% — to absorb the cost of adjusting its supply chain.”
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How cities around the country are coping with the scooter onslaught: :lol:
http://www.newspressnow.com/news/state/ ... 2ecd1.html

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After arriving just over a month ago, Bird’s electric scooters are already a Columbia staple, but the company isn’t officially welcome.

City officials are in the process of drafting a one-year agreement to address safety and regulation concerns, and the company has yet to acquire a business license to operate.

Bird may be new to Columbia, but none of this is new to Bird.

City officials across the country have been waking up to find their sidewalks cluttered by electric scooters from various companies with hip-sounding, monosyllabic names, and Bird is one of the most high profile. The company regularly drops off scooters in cities without warning, forcing local governments to scramble.
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Electric Ride
("How a Brooklyn-based manager decided to get rolling on a Providence E-bike shop"):
http://providenceonline.com/stories/electric-ride,28807

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There are so many reasons Tyler Justin decided to leave his home in Brooklyn, resettle in Providence, and open Mission Electric Bike. To start, there’s the act of cycling, which Justin has loved since his childhood in Saratoga Springs, New York.

“I’m obsessed,” says Justin. “Some of my earliest memories are of riding bikes around town and messing around in the woods. And bikes are unique, because you can use them late into your life. It’s a shared experience for both a 12-year-old kid and 95-year-old grandmother.”

Justin also has professional experience: In the Big Apple, he served as operations manager for Citi Bike, a citywide ride-sharing program. He embraced the idea of replacing cars with bicycles for neighborhood tasks – and he also tried his first power-assisted bike.

“It’s a life-changer,” he says. “It’s a different experience. I still ride my road bike for exercise. But then I get on my ebike and do all my errands.”
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Bike sharing in Montreal: RCI tests the new electric BIXI:
http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2018/09/24/bike ... tric-bixi/

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Montrealers can now use electric bicycles through the city’s bicycle sharing system BIXI Montreal. Radio Canada International (RCI) tested the new electric BIXI.

Since mid-August, some 30 electric-assisted bikes have been made available to the public, at the price of the regular bicycles. The initiative is part of a pilot project which will allow BIXI to determine the cost, risks, operational requirements for an eventual larger scale implementation in the network. The public is invited to test them and send comments through a survey.

“So far, the users are thrilled to have access to electric bicycles and ride them!” says Pierre Parent, director of communications at BIXI Montreal. “We are very happy with the information we’re collecting from the public. ”

According to BIXI, there is a growing craze for self-service electric bikes in big cities around the world. Montreal could join the movement if the conclusions of the report, which should be ready in the spring, are positive.

Testing the electric bike on Jacques-Cartier bridge

RCI tested the new electric BIXI on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, a tough bicycle path used daily by a large number of cyclists to commute across the St. Lawrence River. We also brought along a regular BIXI to compare the two bicycles. Watch our video!
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Olympia launches new Hammer enduro e-MTB:
https://cyclingindustry.news/olympia-la ... uro-e-mtb/

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Olympia has launched its new high performance enduro e-MTB, called the Hammer, which features a long-range power unit.

Designed for adrenaline-filled “fun” power-assisted riding, the Hammer aims to strike the balance between muscular and electric power.

The bike’s carbon fibre frame makes it lightweight and easy to handle, with the rider’s seating position moved forward to enable better rear wheel grip uphill, and to make best use of the motor drive. The front fork is compatible with both 27.5″ and 29″ wheels.
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The bike features the Steps 8,000 250M Shimano motor, which is controllable via an app. The battery is easily removable and can be charged without removing it from its housing, featuring an expanded capacity of 630 Wh.
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Post by LockH » Sep 24 2018 2:13pm

Hehe... ESB "Search found 20 matches: Tern GSD"... again:

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The Tern GSD S00 Is a Delightfully Practical E-Cargo Bike :D
("This cargo bike offers convenience and usability for your daily errands."):
https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/a2 ... 00-review/

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Price: $4,995 (two batteries)
Weight: 51 lb. (M, claimed)
Style: E-cargo
Drivetrain: Enviolo cargo
Frame material: Aluminum
Wheel size: 20-inch
Motor: Bosch Performance CX
Range: Up to 124 miles with two batteries
The right bike for: Riders who want the convenience of a cargo bike without the bulk


The Tern GSD S00 is a delightfully practical e-bike that’s designed for top-notch urban performance. With plenty of accessories available for the rear rack that let you carry everything from groceries to friends, and lots of other smart features, this bike is meant to make your commute hassle-free. In fact, the company says that most of the bike’s features are meant to make it as easy to use as a car.
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WEIRD article by John Styles...

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Could the bicycle trade clean up with Electric Vehicles? :
https://cyclingindustry.news/could-the- ... -vehicles/

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When someone asks you what you do for a living, what do you say? I work in a bike shop? I’m a bike sales rep? I work for a bicycle parts importer? I own a bicycle brand? Did you ever think to say “I work in the sustainable transport sector?” Probably not. And me neither. Because if you work in the bike trade your primary motivation was likely some form of bicycle sport, the particular type of cycling that you love. Whether it’s BMX, MTB or road you likely get a buzz from selling the bikes you love. And why not.

But someone looking in from the outside (like a government department or statistician) might not see your job quite the same way. They might say you’re enabling all sorts of people to use C02 neutral vehicles, whether that’s for fun, sport, leisure or transport – or any sort of mix – doesn’t really matter. You’re doing something good for the world. When people ride bikes there are wider benefits to everyone. Less pollution, less traffic, fewer sick days, lower health care costs. Even mental health is positively affected by cycling.
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But for the most part, we are all still driving Volkswagen Combis or Caddy Maxi’s, Octavias, Passats and A4s. Between the whole industry, that’s about 500 vehicles? Just think what that might look like if we all went electric?
HUH? WATT??? Here's a guy watt thinks the whole "bicycle industry" operates burning fossil fuels to "do stuff"... :cry:

(... which is probably true...) :cry:
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Erie is halfway between the cities of Buffalo, New York, and Cleveland, Ohio, and due north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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... and publishes Press Releases from a foreign country... :roll:

Epic Cycles has Electric Bikes for Toronto:
http://www.erienewsnow.com/story/391595 ... or-toronto

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Epic Cycles has electric bikes that offer an alternative, Eco-friendly mode of travel. When choosing an electric bike as your mode of transportation, you get the use of a motorized transport which allows you use bike paths...
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Telangana is a state in the south of India. It is situated on the centre-south stretch of the Indian peninsula on the high Deccan Plateau. It is the twelfth largest state and the twelfth-most populated state in India with a geographical area of 112,077 km2 (43,273 sq mi) and 35,193,978 residents as per 2011 census. On 2 June 2014, the area was separated from the northwestern part of Andhra Pradesh as the newly formed 29th state with Hyderabad as its historic permanent capital. Its other major cities include Warangal, Nizamabad, Khammam and Karimnagar. Telangana is bordered by the states of Maharashtra to the north, Chhattisgarh to the east, Karnataka to the west and Andhra Pradesh to the east and south. The terrain of Telangana region consists mostly of hills, mountain ranges, and thick dense forests distribution of 27,292 sq. km. As of 2018, the state of Telangana is divided into 31 districts.
Hyderabad-based Versatile Auto to triple e-bike capacity by Mar 2019
("The company has sold 560 vehicles till date and has an order-book of 2,200 vehicles (mostly from Hyderabad, Nizamabad and Warangal), which it will be delivering in a month’s time."):
https://telanganatoday.com/hyderabad-ba ... y-mar-2019

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Hyderabad: Versatile Auto Components, a Hy(derabad-based electric vehicle maker, is betting big on its electric scooter VE-45. The company currently makes 3,000 vehicles per month at its Pashamylaram unit and plans to triple its production by March 2019.

The vehicle that was formally unveiled by Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao in July this year wants to become the solution for short distance commute for all, including those who are deprived economically to own a vehicle.

The company has sold 560 vehicles till date and has an order-book of 2,200 vehicles (mostly from Hyderabad, Nizamabad and Warangal), which it will be delivering in a month’s time.
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Post by LockH » Sep 24 2018 9:18pm

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Memorial Ride And 'Ghost Scooter' Planned For Rider Killed In Dupont Circle:
http://dcist.com/2018/09/scooter_memorial_planned.php

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A memorial ride is planned for September 26 to honor the 20-year-old man killed by an SUV driver in Dupont Circle on Friday while he had been riding a rented scooter.

Organizers of the ride are calling on the city to make changes in the often chaotic traffic circle, and they plan to install a seemingly first-of-its-kind "ghost scooter" memorial.

Carlos Sanchez-Martin, 20, was riding a Lime electric scooter in Dupont Circle shortly after 10 a.m. when he was struck by a BMW X3 and pinned underneath. Firefighters extricated Sanchez-Martin and transported him to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. No arrests have been made at this time, according to D.C. police.

It was the first fatality to involve a rented scooter, according to data kept by D.C.'s Department of Transportation. Operated by Bird, Lime, and Spin in the District, they are part of an extended pilot program of dockless vehicles around the city. There has been at least one other scooter-related fatality in D.C. this year as the motorized vehicles have surged in popularity.
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Post by LockH » Sep 24 2018 9:39pm

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Emazing Bike tour hits Red Deer:
("Cross-Canada electric bike tour to break world record "):
https://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/em ... -red-deer/

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Danny “Hurricane” Halmo is back in the bike saddle to break another Guinness World Record.

The former stock-car racer arrived in Red Deer this weekend after starting his cross-country trip on August 28 in Vancouver.
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Providence was one of the first cities in the country to industrialize and became noted for its textile manufacturing and subsequent machine tool, jewelry, and silverware industries. Today, the city of Providence is home to eight hospitals and seven institutions of higher learning which have shifted the city's economy into service industries, though it still retains some manufacturing activity. The city was once nicknamed the "Beehive of Industry"; it began rebranding itself as the "Creative Capital" in 2009 to emphasize its educational resources and arts community.

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Providence Says Bike Sharing is for All Residents But Access Limited in Low-Income Neighborhoods:
https://www.ecori.org/transportation/20 ... -residents

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PROVIDENCE — Will electric bicycles and bike sharing help the city's low-income and disadvantaged neighborhoods?

Mayor Jorge Elorza said the new transportation option isn’t just for progressive-minded bicycle enthusiasts. “Nothing can further from the truth,” he said.

Elorza said surveys show that low-income families are most likely to use public bike sharing to get to work. To encourage low-income participation, the JUMP service offers $5 annual memberships that allow up to one hour per day of riding.

“We want to make sure that this is not only felt in every neighborhood, but that everyone feels connected to it, that they can take advantage and enjoy the fun,” Elorza said.

The bikes can be ridden and left anywhere in the city. JUMP employees collect and redistribute the bikes to one of 40 docking hubs throughout the city. The problem is that only a handful of hubs are in low-income neighborhoods such as Washington Park and Olneyville and are entirely absent from Mount Pleasant, Elmhurst, Silver Lake, and Charles neighborhoods. The bulk of the hubs are downtown and on the East Side, locations that limit access for some resident to the 400 JUMP e-bikes.
ALL people are equal. It's just that some are more equal than others.
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Phoenix is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun, which in turn is a part of the Salt River Valley. The metropolitan area is the 12th largest by population in the United States, with approximately 4.73 million people as of 2017. In addition, Phoenix is the seat of Maricopa County, and at 517.9 square miles (1,341 km2), it is the largest city in the state, more than twice the size of Tucson and one of the largest cities in the United States.
Get an awesome deal renting an electric bike and create miracles for someone else:
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I took one out for a spin, and when I needed a break I let the motor do the work for me!

And they want to team up with us for a Smart Shopper Deal of the Day!

All day Tuesday, September 25th, call and mention Smart Shopper to score 30% off an all-day rental. The regular cost normally ranges from $65 to $125!

What makes this deal even more motivating is that you’re getting a bargain and it’s creating miracles for others. How? 100% of the proceeds from this deal will go to Recycle your Bicycle to help the kids!
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Marin County is a county located in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 252,409. Its county seat is San Rafael. Marin County is included in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area (San Francisco Bay Area) across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.

As of 2010, Marin County had the third highest income per capita in the United States at $89,936. The county is governed by the Marin County Board of Supervisors. The county is also well known for its natural environment and liberal politics.
Marin bike dealers feel squeeze of tariff vise:
https://www.marinij.com/2018/09/24/mari ... riff-vise/

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Amid a U.S.-China trade war, Ken Martin, CEO of the Novato-based Mike’s Bikes, said the bicycle industry is scrambling to find suppliers outside of China.

“It’s a mad dash right now to try to cozy up to Taiwan factories to secure production spots,” Martin said before heading to Taichung, Taiwan, this week to meet with partners.

Although a majority of products sold at Mike’s Bikes shops are not manufactured in China, Martin said he’s not waiting to see the impact of the newly imposed tariff’s on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, including about $1 billion on bicycle products. A 10 percent tariff went into effect Monday, a hike that will rise to 25 percent in 2019.
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Brett Thurber, co-owner of the New Wheel, an electric-bike shop in Larkspur, said while certain parts and components sold at the New Wheel might be affected, most of the bikes he sells are assembled in Europe or other countries.

Thurber doesn’t agree with the tariff approach, but he sees a silver lining, he said.

“My hope is that it’s the beginning of actually working on building some manufacturing capacity here in the United States, not just for the jobs, but for the environmental benefits and the sustainability of the industry,” he said.
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Post by shakaelectricbikes » Sep 25 2018 12:14am

Some think something different to do!!!!

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Some think something different to do!!!!
Hi Shaka... and Welcome to the `Sphere! Care to elaborate please?

... meanwhile...

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Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905, and is located just east of Reno. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population count was 90,264.[2] It is the fifth most populous city in Nevada. It is named after the late Nevada Governor John Sparks, a member of the Silver Party.

Sparks is located within the Reno–Sparks metropolitan area.
City of Sparks cuts ties with bike share company :
https://mynews4.com/news/local/lime-ser ... -in-sparks

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SPARKS, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The City of Sparks is ending its partnership with Lime after testing the bike share service for about five months.

Sparks City Council voted unanimously to not renew its franchise agreement with Lime when the pilot expires January 2019.
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City officials told News 4-Fox 11 that they decided to cut ties with Lime due to lack of communication, especially when Lime launched its e-scooters after being asked to hold off.

According to spokeswoman Julie Duewel, the Council said they didn’t feel comfortable with launching the scooters during a September 10th meeting. They had outstanding questions regarding the safety and legality of the scooters, similar to the concerns of the City of Reno.
:roll: Dunno WATT Lime thinks their doing. Keeps coming up lemons. (Hehe...)
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Here’s what the new electric scooter law means for Sacramento and its sidewalks:
https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/trans ... 34085.html

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A law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week allowing adults to ride scooters helmet-free is expected to pave the way for the scooter revolution in more California cities.

Sacramento, however, will not be among them. At least not this year.

Assembly Bill 2989, backed by the Santa Monica-based Bird scooter company, eliminates a state requirement that adult riders wear helmets. It also allows them on streets with speed limits up to 35 miles per hour. Previous law banned the scooters from streets with limits above 25 mph.

The law paves the way for e-scooter expansion by allowing users to grab a scooter on the street on the spur of the moment, without having to carry a helmet around with them.

Scooter companies want to bring the rentable devices to Sacramento streets. But the city’s current scooter law presents a problem: It requires scooter companies to install scooter parking racks, something the companies are not yet equipped to do.

Sacramento officials are working with those companies and other stakeholders to rewrite the rules. New rules likely will be presented to the City Council for approval in January.
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Jim Brown of the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates said he hopes the arrival of electric scooters to Sacramento will help push the city further in creating safe bike lanes.

“So long as scooter share can help get people out of cars, that serves the interests of people on bikes,” Brown said.
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Hungarian Cities Join Climate Protection Coalition:
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The 23 major cities belonging to the Association of County Seats (MJVSZ) signed up to the international Under 2 coalition, Károly Szita, the association’s head told a press conference.

By 2023, the member cities will have spent around 100 billion forints (EUR 310m) on investments and developments that aim to protect the climate, Szita, who is also the mayor of the southern Hungarian city of Kaposvár, said.
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Developments include setting up sustainable heating systems, solar plants, renewing the public transport fleets and providing infrastructure for electric cars and electric bicycle networks, he said.
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Post by onemorejoltwarden » Sep 25 2018 3:56pm

Hospital ER reports 161 percent spike in visits involving electric scooters
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technolo ... e-scooters

This parallels the ebike press and is noteworthy

In Salt Lake City — where dockless electric scooters have been on city streets since June — one hospital says it has seen a 161 percent increase in the number of visits involving scooters after comparing its latest statistics with the same three-month period a year earlier.

Low N as they say in statistics , sample sizes are poor but it confirms what was seen in the nonpowered scoots.
Too fast for sidewalks and pedestrian shared trails, too slow and unstable for streets, coupled with infrequent use of protective gear.

Attracting attention to the realm of electric vehicles and their poor systems of classification for licensing insurance and use on different evnironments.
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Post by LockH » Sep 25 2018 4:30pm

^^ Heh... Dunno about Salt Lake City by itself... but the news from days ago include:
Dockless Digest: Bird, Lime celebrate 10M rides

Both companies lauded their astonishing growth a year after launch, with Bird saying their scooters have been ridden 14.3 million miles, the equivalent of 574 trips around the world.
Seen here:
https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/do ... es/532956/

Given Stupid Human Tricks... and the fact that half the world is of less than average intelligence... given the growth in use (and stuff like crumbling urban infrastructure...) suspects "accidents" are inevitable. :wink:
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Popular E-Scooters Likely Coming To Sacramento — But Probably Not Until Next Year:
http://www.capradio.org/articles/2018/0 ... next-year/

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Electric scooters are overtaking streets — and sidewalks — all over California, from Los Angeles to Oakland, San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe. And while they’ve yet to arrive in Sacramento, the city is getting ready.

Sacramento is currently updating its rules that regulate e-scooters and dockless, electric-assisted bikes like Jump bikes. Last week, two city commissions discussed the existing policy and looked at possible changes, which could include charging fees on companies that bring e-scooters or bikes to town.

“I think scooters have a great potential to be a solution to our mobility challenges,” said Jennifer Donlon Wyant, a specialist with the city who focuses on “active” transportation options such as bikes and scooters.

Tech companies like Jump, Bird and Lime have parachuted into cities throughout the state with e-scooters and bikes over the past couple years. They’re popular: For $1 an hour, you can rent one and travel across town, then lock it up and leave it for the next customer. But they’re also controversial, including reports that e-scooters, which can reach speeds of up to 15 miles-per-hour, have caused serious injuries and an increase in emergency-room visits in some cities.
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At the same time, officials at the meeting were excited by the prospect of more ways to get around.

“When I see people ride Jump bikes, people seem so happy,” said Jeanie Ward-Waller, a member of the Active Transportation Commission. “They really are fun, fun modes, and I think anything that we can do to encourage [this] really is positive.”
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The truth emerges...
“We need adequate on-street infrastructure for bikes and e-scooters,” Brown said, adding that this is a problem the city is familiar with and working on.

How to pay for all these improvements? The city is exploring whether to charge e-scooter and e-bike companies fees to operate in the city. These could include a “parking fee” of up to $355 per bike or scooter, so that the city can build parking stations, which the different companies would share. There would also be a fee for lost parking-meter revenue and the cost of staff to monitor the new bikes.

The city says it could take more than three full-time city employees to run the program, and that it could lose up to 10 percent of metered parking spaces due to an influx of e-scooters and bikes, since locations to park them could replace existing vehicle parking.
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Lime scooters (and e-bikes) roll into Tacoma
("Scooters are still not allowed in Seattle"):
https://seattle.curbed.com/2018/9/25/17 ... are-tacoma

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It’s unclear when—if ever—free-floating electric scooters will be allowed in Seattle, but to the south, Tacoma is giving them a try.

Late last week, Lime launched free-floating electric bikes and scooters in the City of Destiny as part of a two-month pilot, Geekwire reports. Lime currently operates both electric and standard pedal bikes in Seattle—but Tacoma’s fleet is all-electric, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

Lime is starting out with 250 scooters and 100 e-bikes. After the first two months, Tacoma officials will make the call about how to move forward.

According to the city’s information page on Lime’s rollout, scooters are allowed on sidewalks, roads, alleys, and shoulders, but not in bike lanes, trails, or pedestrian-only paths. The e-bikes are allowed anywhere “conventional bicycles” are allowed, including sidewalks.

In exchange for peddling the vehicles in the city, Lime will pay Tacoma fees of $28.44 per bike and $14.22 per scooter for the 60-day duration of the pilot, according to Lime’s permit with the city. During Seattle’s pilot, operating fees were $15 per bike for the duration of the pilot; now that Seattle has implemented a long-term program, permitting fees are $50 per bike per year.

Lime will be allowed to launch up to 250 scooters and 250 bikes, which may be adjusted in either direction depending on ridership. The pilot can be extended for 30 days at a time at the city’s discretion.


Politicians and bureaucrats LOVE a "pilot project"... :)

... to "test" watts already in place in lots of cities... elsewhere...:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lime_(tra ... #Locations

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Hehe...: Electric Scooters’ Popularity Zooming Along in Tahoe:
https://fox40.com/2018/09/25/electric-s ... -in-tahoe/

Starts:
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE -- When in Tahoe, electric scooters are hard to miss.

After a trial run last year, hundreds of them have been in use around the south shore since the spring.

They are a popular way to get around for tourists and locals.

"They are just really convenient and easy to use and when you don’t have a license, like me, it's great" said David Montes. "It really speeds up your travels."

"I see plenty of locals, plenty of us running around getting them," said Keenan Corrigan. "I see people going to work and back. Some people going to their meetings and back."

Other cities have not been so receptive. This weekend in San Jose, a run and ride event banned electric scooters, although they were still on the streets.
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Others think it's just technology that takes away from some decent exercise.

"Why not dish out money for a bike and do the work yourself, do your thing? I mean better for you anyway, healthier," said Audi Maze, who rides a bicycle to get around.

But if you live in Sacramento don’t expect electric scooters to come to your city anytime soon. Sacramento requires parking stations for its electric scooters and bikes and the kind of scooters used in Tahoe don’t have any.
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Quebec is the second-most populous province of Canada, after Ontario. It is the only one to have a predominantly French-speaking population, with French as the sole provincial official language. Most inhabitants live in urban areas near the Saint Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City, the capital. Approximately half of Quebec residents live in the Greater Montreal Area, including the Island of Montreal. English-speaking communities and English-language institutions are concentrated in the west of the island of Montreal but are also significantly present in the Outaouais, Eastern Townships, and Gaspé regions. The Nord-du-Québec region, occupying the northern half of the province, is sparsely populated and inhabited primarily by Aboriginal peoples. The climate around the major cities is four-season continental with cold and snowy winters combined with warm to hot humid summers, but farther north long winter seasons dominate and as a result the northern areas of the province are marked by tundra conditions. Even in central Quebec, at comparatively southerly latitudes, winters are severe in inland areas.
E-Scooter Mania and the Laws of Canada: ( Hehe... "E-Scooter Mania"...) :lol:
https://www.mccarthy.ca/en/insights/art ... aws-canada

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In March 2017, companies in California began renting electric scooters, or e-scooters, to the public via a smartphone application. For clarity, these relative newcomers to the marketplace of personal mobility devices:
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Key players in the e-scooter rental industry have expressed interest in entering the Canadian market. Currently, e-scooters may be purchased in Canada for between CAD$300 and CAD$600. In this article, we examine the regulatory framework currently governing the use of e-scooters in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec.

Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario

In Alberta, British Columbia (BC) and in Ontario, e-scooters do not comply with the requirements for motor vehicles under the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, the BC Motor Vehicle Act, or the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, respectively, and are not captured by the definitions for electric bicycles or “power-assisted bicycles” provided by those statutes or by regulation. As such, electric scooters in Alberta, BC and Ontario are only permitted on private property that does not have public vehicle access and, if allowed by municipal bylaws, on sidewalks and pathways.
Pilot Project for the City of Calgary

In the summer of 2018, the City of Calgary, Alberta, passed a resolution authorizing a two-year pilot project for rental bikes and e-scooters, and directed city administrators to review existing by-laws in order to accommodate the use of such devices no later than Q1 2019. For now, e-scooters may only be used on private property, or on bicycle paths or sidewalks in those Alberta urban municipalities, cities, towns, or villages that allow such use.

Quebec – the Avant-Garde

As in the provinces discussed above, legislation and regulations in Quebec do not permit the operation of e-scooters on roads or bicycle paths. However, on August 29, 2018, a province-wide pilot project governing electric scooters (“Pilot”) came into force in Quebec. The Pilot was expressly adopted within the scope of Quebec’s 2015-2020 action plan with respect to the electrification of transportation and will last for three years, making Quebec the first Canadian province to allow the use of e-scooters on public roads and on bicycle paths.

An e-scooter operated under the Pilot must comply with equipment requirements including turn signals and an emergency power supply cut-off switch, and it must otherwise comply with the standards applicable to “restricted-use motorcycles” under the federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Manufacturers and distributors may apply to join the Pilot, and once accepted they must label each e-scooter as being included of the Pilot. Manufacturers and distributors must also send to the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (Quebec Automobile Insurance Corporation) detailed reports related to the Pilot, including reporting any accidents involving e-scooters.

Under the Pilot, e-scooters are governed principally by the rules applicable to bicycles under the Quebec Highway Safety Code (“HSC”). In addition to those rules, drivers must be at least 18 years old, must have received e-scooter training from the manufacturer or distributor, and must carry proof of such training while operating an e-scooter. Unlike bicycles, the Pilot prohibits e-scooter operation on roads where the speed exceeds 50 km/h (except for crossing such roads at intersections). Otherwise, e-scooter riders have many of the same duties as cyclists (such as the wearing of helmets), and drivers of motor vehicles have the same duties toward e-scooters as they do toward bicycles.

While not required to carry a driver’s licence, riders of e-scooters are subject to the “hit and run” accident-reporting provisions of the HSC, the offences under which carry nine demerit points upon conviction. As such, failure to report an accident involving two e-scooters could result in serious consequences to a person’s automobile insurance premiums, and even cancellation of his or her driver’s licence in the case of younger or beginning drivers. Finally, the Pilot contains an offence enforcing equipment compliance, driver age and training, operating on roads with a speed limit above 50 km/h, and a prohibition on carrying passengers or pulling a trailer. The offence carries a fine of between $200 and $300.

Criminal Offences

In addition to the above provincial statutes, including those in Quebec which treat e-scooters similarly to bicycles, it should be noted that the Criminal Code of Canada (“Code”) prescribes offences including impaired driving and dangerous driving of a “motor vehicle.” Since an electric scooter qualifies as such a vehicle under the Code, driving an electric scooter dangerously, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is a criminal offence, whether it be on a public road, a bicycle path, a sidewalk or even on private property. Given the decriminalization of cannabis scheduled for October 17, 2018, we also note that for the purposes of federal law, riding an e-scooter will be governed in the same manner as driving a motor vehicle, rather than riding a bicycle.
Conclusion

E-scooters are fun to ride, and are a convenient means of transportation for commuters. While most Canadian jurisdictions currently prohibit their use on roads, Quebec could currently support the type of e-scooter rental services seen in the United States. As e-scooters carry some of the risks, both regulatory and criminal, related to the operation of a motor vehicle, a person operating an e-scooter may feel like they are riding a child’s toy, but in several respects they are, at law, driving a car.
Some ebikers have a "soft spot" pour La Belle Provence (Quebec) as Canada and the provinces used the Centre for Electric Vehicle Experimentation in Quebec (CEVEQ) to test out new transport technology like those bicycle-thingees with batteries and motors... and led to ebikes being legalized in Canada in 2001.

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