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$10 million e-bike affordability program included in California budget

$10 million e-bike affordability program included in California budget

CalBike is thrilled to announce that legislators approved a $10 million e-bike incentive program in next year’s state budget. Funded as part of the state’s campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, the program will help thousands of Californians get access to e-bikes to replace car trips. Bikes eligible will include bikes “designed for people with disabilities; utility bicycles for carrying equipment or passengers, including children; and folding bicycles.” CalBike Executive Director Dave Snyder said, “E-Bikes are a great climate investment not just because they don’t emit carbon dioxide, but because thousands of people will learn how safe and...

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Startups and investor are turning to micromobility subscriptions

Startups and investor are turning to micromobility subscriptions

Amid the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic and the murky path to profitability for shared electric micromobility, an increasing number of companies have turned to subscriptions. It’s a business model that some founders and investors argue hits the profit center sweet spot — an approach that appeals to customers who are wary of sharing as well as paying upfront to own a scooter or e-bike, all while minimizing overhead costs and depreciation of assets. Across the United States, Europe, some of Canada and at least one Middle Eastern city, existing mobility companies are adding a subscription business line to their repertoire,...

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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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