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Building with bikes in mind: How cities can capitalize on the pandemic's 'bike boom' to make streets safer for everyone

Building with bikes in mind: How cities can capitalize on the pandemic's 'bike boom' to make streets safer for everyone

Since early 2020, Americans have been forced to sequester themselves in their homes with outdoor activities, in most cases, being the sole respite for social distancing. And many of people are going back to the basics with a quintessential outdoor activity: biking.  Bike sales absolutely skyrocketed during the pandemic, growing by 69% in 2020. The U.S. weekly average ridership increased by 20% year over year and increased 110% on trails. In fact, nine percent of Americans say they rode a bike for the first time in over a year specifically because of the pandemic. However, while this sudden jump is remarkable, interest in cycling...

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European Infrastructure Approach Highlights US Shortcomings

European Infrastructure Approach Highlights US Shortcomings

European countries are making strides toward saving their most vulnerable road users and the climate — even as the U.S. Congress plods toward an infrastructure deal that will funnel billions into new roads for drivers. If you haven’t heard, a series of complex negotiations in Washington are on track to set the U.S.’s national transportation priorities for the next decade (and potentially put thousands of electric cars on the road for even longer). European leaders, meanwhile, have been pushing a set of far more progressive measures to help residents who walk, bike or use mobility assistive devices get around. Here are five stories that we hope will...

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Majority of people would cycle to work if their employer offered better facilities

Majority of people would cycle to work if their employer offered better facilities

Employers should be doing more to encourage staff to start commuting into the office by bicycle, suggests research from Graham Coffey & Co.Solicitors. Ahead of Cycle to Work Day (August 5th), the law firm surveyed more than 1,500 people to better understand attitudes towards cycling safety and what can be done to make cycling a more attractive prospect for employees. Cycling to work initiatives – where employees are able to get commuter bikes and cycling accessories through their employer – are viewed as the most effective tool to encourage cycling to work. Of those asked, 90 percent ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ that the...

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New 30% tax credit for electric bicycles makes progress in US Senate

New 30% tax credit for electric bicycles makes progress in US Senate

Remember that proposed 30% tax credit for electric bicycles in the US? It’s now one step closer to becoming law, thanks to recent progress in the US Senate. Late last week, a new bill was introduced to the Senate known as the Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act. The bill, S.2420, is a companion bill to H.R.1019 that was introduced into the House of Representatives earlier this year. The Senate bill was introduced by senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI). It proposes a 30% tax credit for new electric bicycle purchases in the US, up to a maximum...

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