Why these blue-wheeled bikes are taking Europe by storm

The micromobility boom that’s flooded cities around the world with bike-share systems, e-bikes, and scooters has so far primarily offered mobility on demand. Step out of a downtown building or subway station, and an array of branded mobility options are just an app’s touch away. Go from point A to point B and leave the bike or scooter there for the next user to ride.

One new service that’s spreading across European cities adds a little more permanence to the micromobility concept. Instead of renting a bike by the ride, it’s more like a lease that can last a month or more.

[Photo: Swapfiets]

The Netherlands-based company behind this concept is called Swapfiets, and it’s now operating in six countries in Europe. The fiets in its name is the Dutch word for bicycle, but it’s the swap that’s the main pitch to potential riders. Included in its monthly fee (roughly

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Taguig traffic officers receive bikes from the city government

Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano explains the benefits of using a bike as an alternative mode of transportation during the turnover ceremony of some 260 bicycles to traffic officers of the city. (Photo credit: PIO Taguig)

PARAÑAQUE CITY, July 30 (PIA) – Some 260 traffic officers from the Taguig Traffic Management Office received bicycles from the City Government under the city’s ‘Bike Immersion Program’.

According to Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano who led the turnover of the bicycles on Wednesday, July 29, the city government will form a team of bike patrollers that will be tasked to help in maintaining smooth flow of vehicular traffic in the city.  

During the simple turnover ceremony, Cayetano cited the importance of bikes as an alternative mode of transportation, saying that it helps one get to destination while having a good exercise at the same time.

The mayor added, that the additional benefit of

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Fear of Traffic and Crashes as NYers Skip Subway for Cars and Bikes

Driving, cycling and bus usage have all rebounded somewhat since the first two months of the pandemic, but subway and commuter rail ridership remain low.

Jeanmarie Evelly

‘Researchers believe that ‘post-pandemic New Yorkers trust the above-ground, windows-open potential of the bus to a greater degree than the subway.

As New York City continues to reopen from coronavirus lockdown measures, more and more residents are traversing the boroughs—and many are using cars to do so, transit advocates said Thursday, warning of a coming “carmageddon” that will bring increased congestion, pollution and crashes to city streets if the trend continues, especially with schools slated to reopen later this month. 

Advocacy group Transportation Alternatives analyzed several transit metrics and found that driving, cycling and bus usage have all rebounded somewhat since the first two months of the pandemic, but subway and commuter rail ridership remain low. MTA bus ridership—which dropped by 78 percent

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Outdated city bikes to be replaced

In 1995 Copenhagen became the first city to introduce a programme that made bicycles freely available to those who wished to use them, but unfortunately not much has changed over the past 15 years.

The free-to-loan bikes have fallen victim to the ravages of time and new technology, and following a vote, the city council is now soliciting bids to replace the old two-wheelers.

Morten Kabell, a city council member for the Red-Green Alliance, was the man behind the proposal to get rid of the current bikes in favour of a more modern model.

‘I’ve rarely made a proposal in the council that was so well received,’ said Kabell. ‘There was absolutely no discussion needed on the issue.’

Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard, the head of the city’s technical and environmental department, said he was already trying to expedite the process to abandon the current contract and get the new city bikes

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Amazon grows its e-bike delivery team in New York City

A view of Amazon Prime delivery vans in Amazon hub, Woodside, a day after protest in Staten Island Borough in New York City amid Coronavirus Pandemic on April 1, 2020.

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Amazon has made two key hires to its e-bike delivery team in New York City, including a former Uber manager, signaling it may be looking at the technology as another way to offer faster delivery times. 

Alex Vickers joined Amazon in June to serve as a senior program manager on the company’s electric bikes unit. He previously worked on the business development team at Jump, an e-bike rental company which was Uber acquired in 2018 and then sold to mobility start-up Lime in May. Vickers announced his move to Amazon in a LinkedIn post on Monday.

Amazon also hired Justin Ginsburgh in June to lead the e-bike team. Prior to Amazon, Ginsburgh co-founded

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Increasing Number of Cycling Events and Favorable Government and Employer Initiatives

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Morgan Stanley Bets on These 3 Stocks; Sees Over 40% Upside

Did the stock market’s epic rally just need a little breather? The last few weeks have seen stocks experience their first meaningful correction since the bull market kicked off in March. Now, the question swirling around the Street is, will the rally pick back up again, or is more downside on the way?According to Morgan Stanley’s chief U.S. equity strategist Mike Wilson, uncertainty regarding the presidential election and stalemate on the next stimulus package could lead to declines in September and October. “On the correction, there’s still downside as markets digest the risk of congressional gridlock on the next fiscal deal. While we think something will ultimately get done, it will likely take another few weeks to get it over the goal line,” he noted.However, Wilson argues the recent volatility in no way signals the end of the

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Cyclists push for more bike lanes on bridges

Hello Kitties: Winged lions form the base of a lamppost at Montague Street’s Chase Bank branch. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

Cyclists push for more bike lanes on bridges

Bicycle advocates rallied last week to demand more bike lanes on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro bridges. “As people continue to venture out more in a safe and socially-distanced way, we need to provide more protected space for them to do so,” said Katherine Willis, an organizer for Transportation Alternatives’ new campaign Bridges4People. Bicycle trips on these four spans have increased more than 22 percent this August over August 2019. The activist want to remove two car lanes on the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

Eugene to give out free food

Councilmember Mathieu Eugene (D-Crown Heights-East Flatbush-Flatbush, Kensington) is partnering with local organizations to provide free food and masks to residents facing food insecurity during the

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Bicycle’s history in Henderson dates back to 1881

Twenty-one riders entered a four-block bicycle race a century ago in downtown Henderson. Only four finished the course. The winner’s time was 28 minutes flat.



a group of people walking in the snow: This photo, which T.R. Holliday provided to The Gleaner for its 1996 pictorial history, depicts a June 1920 bicycle race sponsored by Oliver Z. Pardon and his Indian motorcycle and bicycle dealership at 132 N. Elm St. The Pardon store sponsored Henderson's first formal bicycle race in 1916, although the bicycle had made its first appearance here in 1881.


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This photo, which T.R. Holliday provided to The Gleaner for its 1996 pictorial history, depicts a June 1920 bicycle race sponsored by Oliver Z. Pardon and his Indian motorcycle and bicycle dealership at 132 N. Elm St. The Pardon store sponsored Henderson’s first formal bicycle race in 1916, although the bicycle had made its first appearance here in 1881.

I’ve been writing my history column since the first of 1998 and have pretty thoroughly covered the local appearance of automobiles and airplanes. But I’ve never really given the early beginnings of the bicycle its due. I’m trying to remedy that with this column.

The first bicycles to appear locally were almost certainly what were then known as “penny-farthings,” the kind

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Citybikes will close one location amid business downturn

The creatively painted Citybikes Annex on Ankeny and 7th is closing its doors.(Photos: Citybikes)

The creatively painted Citybikes Annex on Ankeny and 7th is closing its doors.
(Photos: Citybikes)

In another sign of a changing Portland, Citybikes is closing the doors of its flagship sales location and consolidating its business.

The shop has been run as a worker-owned cooperative since 1990. It expanded from its original repair shop location on Southeast Ankeny near 20th to a second location, the 5,000 square-foot “Annex”, on the corner of SE Ankeny and 7th in 1995. Because of dwindling sales, the Annex will close for good by the end of this year.

“The main factor,” said Citybikes owner Ryan Smith in a phone interview last week, “Is that people who used to come here, don’t live in Portland anymore.” Smith is one of nine current owners of the shop and he expects that the total number of worker-owners will be reduced to just five once the transition is

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Harlem Community Board Knocks City’s 5th Avenue Redesign

HARLEM, NY — The city’s plan to redesign a stretch of Fifth Avenue in Harlem, including the addition of a two-way protected bike lane, was met with a cool reception from that neighborhood’s Community Board 11 on Tuesday, who complained that the Department of Transportation had failed to seek their input before going ahead with the project.

The DOT announced Tuesday that it had begun work on the project, which has been planned since 2017. The bike lanes will connect Marcus Garvey and Central Parks, while the redesign also includes pedestrian islands, curb extensions and dedicated left turn lanes along a 10-block stretch from 110th to 120th streets.

But members of CB11’s Public Safety & Transportation Committee told a DOT representative Tuesday night that they had never taken a position on the project when the department had asked about it in the past, in part because residents had reservations about

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