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FedEx Implements E-Bikes into its Fleet in France

FedEx Implements E-Bikes into its Fleet in France

By Allison Reilly

PARIS – Four is a small number, but four is already having a big impact in the French capital. FedEx in France has incorporated four electronic bikes into its fleet and will increase that number to 12 next month. These four e-bikes have already made big difference in delivery speeds and operation costs.

“We are very committed to customer service, “ said Dirk Van Impe, the managing director of ground operations in France. “E-bikes brings us closer to customers and improves the customer experience.”

Paris plans to develop 400 miles of bike lanes by 2014, and these bikes can utilize the lanes that are already in place. These bikes can also get to places that typical delivery trucks cannot. Van Impe said that currently, only one postal code is served exclusively by the bikes and plan to add another postal code in October. The e-bikes used are from a transportation service in France called Urban Cab, which gave FedEx the rights to use these bikes in the city. They require manual peddling to start and can travel at speeds up to 12 miles an hour. One e-bike has around 2 cubic feet of carrying capacity, which holds about 330 pounds of express packages. The carrying compartment can also be removed from the e-bike in order to ease the loading process. As a result, productivity has increased 20 to 50 percent per parcel, meaning that there are more deliveries per hour compared with a normal delivery truck or car.

“The e-bike is dedicated to our type of operations,” Van Impe said. “They’re part of the future, and part of our strategy of reducing emissions and operating costs.”

The goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 2020, and the e-bikes have zero CO2 emissions. Van Impe said Paris was the perfect place to reach for this goal because of the cities environmental aspects and the e-bikes are flexible with pedestrian-only walkways and in areas of dense activity.

“As a company that delivers more than 7 million packages a day to more than 220 countries and territories, FedEx seeks to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways,” said Mitch Johnson, director of environmental affairs & sustainability for FedEx. Plans are in motion to expand the use of the e-bikes to other European cities like Munich, Milan, Amsterdam and Brussels, as well as other cities in France.

Video of the bikes in actions: http://mediacenter.fedex.designcdt.com/node/482

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Advocates in Portland, Oregon Pushing for Bike Lanes

Advocates in Portland, Oregon Pushing for Bike Lanes

Cycling advocates in Portland, Oregon, USA are pushing the Metro agency to hold to a $20 million precedent as it decides what to do with as much as $25 million in state transportation funding for the years 2014 and 2015.

The money comes from Regional Flexible Funds, money that the state gives to the Portland region for transportation projects. Most of that money will go to big-ticket projects, like bond payments on high capacity transit or planning of future transit projects.

Bicycle advocates want bike lanes.

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Cycling advocates push Metro to spend millions on bike projects

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Electric Cycle Shop Opens In Fort Collins

Electric Cycle Shop Opens In Fort Collins

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Fort Collins, Colorado — RunAbout Cycles, Inc. , which has just moved from Memphis, Tennessee to Fort Collins, offers a “electric-human-hybrid” tricycle.

The new shop at 517 A North Link Lane, designs, builds and sells electronically assisted recumbent tricycles.

The tricycles range in price from $3,000 to $6,000. They are powered by lithium ion batteries, with an estimated 40 mile range. The harder a rider pedals the more power they get out of the reclined frame, which enables riders to sit back while peddling upwards of 20 miles-per-hour.

Josh Kerson, president and CEO, started the company in 2005 after spending 20 years in the biking industry, including racing mountain bikes and managing bike and ski shops in Park City, UT.

Kerson was inspired to start his business in 1999 when he visited a bike trade show, where Shimano had a small display of electric bikes that were not available in the U.S.

“We are helping people be stronger and leave their cars behind. We are seeing a real surge in electric bike technology because of the new lithium ion batteries.”

Kerson said Fort Collins was hands-down one of the most bike friendly communities in the country as far as bike lanes and accepting bikers. While other shops in town may sell electric bikes, Kerson owns the only dedicated electric bike shop in town.

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Portland’s First All-Electric Bike Store Opens

Portland’s First All-Electric Bike Store Opens

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Portland, Oregon — A new store that specializes in electric bicycles opened officially on June 27, 2009. Its owner is Wakefield Greg.

The eBike Store is located at 201 N. Alberta Ave. It sells an array of electric bikes that can be charged in as few as 30 minutes. The store’s models include the Currie Trailz, a $600 seven-speed mountain bike that which travels between eight and 13 miles on one charge. The $3,000 Schwinn Tailwind also charges fully in less than 30 minutes with a removable charger.

The store also offere electric bike accessories and on-site services.

Oregon law defines electric bikes as bicycles rather than motor vehicles. The bikes are legal in bike lanes but illegal on sidewalks. Speed limit – 20 miles an hour.

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Toronto Facing Requests To Segregate E-bikes

Toronto Facing Requests To Segregate E-bikes

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Toronto, Canada — Electric bikes are at the centre of a bylaw controversy in Toronto. E-bikes are becoming more numerous on the roads, and that is posing some problems.

Toronto’s public works committee is being asked to close a loophole that allows electric bikes on sidewalks, after having received complaints.

The co-chair of the pedestrian committee, Dylan Reid, says the e-bikes have smaller wheels than regular bikes, and that lets them get around a bylaw intended for children that allows bicycles with less than a 24-inch wheel on sidewalks.

“So what we’re asking for is the city to simply clarify the situation and say that anything electrically powered or motorized can’t travel on the sidewalks,” said Reid.

Pedestrian complaints aren’t all, though.

Yvonne Bambrick of the Toronto Cyclists Union wants the city to go further and ban e-bikes from bike lanes and paths. “I believe that any type of motorized vehicle whether it’s an electric motor or a gas motor belongs with other motorized vehicles in the main part of our streets,” she said.

At the root of the cyclists’ concern is Ontario’s new Road Safety Act. According to the law, e-bikes are allowed everywhere that regular bikes can go — bike lanes, bike trails, even bike stands and lockers.

Bambrick says she’s not against e-bikes, it’s just a matter of safety.

E-bike riders protest that e-bikes are here to stay, so just get used to them.

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Green Cities Alive with Transport Changes

Green Cities Alive with Transport Changes

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In 2008 New York City took 49 acres of road space, traffic lanes and parking spots away from cars and gave it back to the public to use for bike lanes, pedestrian areas and public plazas. Protected on-street bike lanes were part of the 140 miles (255 Kilometers) of bike lanes implemented.

This increased the growing number of cyclists by up to 35 per cent, from the previous year.

The city planted more than 98 trees, a select bus service was put in place and the introduction of ‘car free’ Saturday’s was introduced. In addition to the eco-friendly scheme the New York City Department of transportation recycled 40 per cent of the asphalt used to repair streets.

With tough economic times at present and ahead, bus services and cycling as a means of transportation was an immediate and inexpensive way to meet the growing commuter demands in New York City. This has in return made the city more clean and lively by decreasing traffic congestion, air and global warming pollution.

Since the 2008 Olympics, Beijing has made impressive efforts to improve air quality and working to make transportation better and cleaner. Restrictions have been put in place for automobile owners to leave their vehicle at home one day per week, this having 800,000 vehicles off the streets each day.

The government mandated Evro IV fuel standards, which lowered the amount of sulfur allowed in gasoline and diesel from 150 parts per million to 50 parts per million. One third of the police fleet are now patrolling the streets using non-motorised and electric bikes. The city has also added a new line to the metro system and two new lines for the bus rapid transport system. Extended running hours have also been put in place.

Other cities such as Mexico City, Istanbul and Milan are also looking towards effective eco-friendly transportation changes. Mexico City being an example of one of the world’s most congested cities is now looking at better ways to improve their transport systems after the snow ball effect from other cities success predominantly in the U.S.

Istanbul has had a bad start to delivering their climate changes, however their tenacity has paid off and hey have opened the ‘Metro’ bus which has reduced travel time by up to 75 per cent. By opening one of the most effective BRT lines in the world, the Metro Bus reaches exceptionally high speeds at 40km per hour (25 miles p/h) and is integrated with the underground metro and existing bus service. This low cost, quickly implemented model has been a huge success.

Milan introduced ‘Eco Pass’ in January 2008. Designed to restrict access to the central Cerchia dei Bastioni area of the city by charging the most heavily polluting vehicles. It is the first environmental policy in the world to discourage vehicles by having a ‘pollution pays’ principle. As a result carbon dioxide has decreased by 12 per cent during the enforcement and 19 per cent for the particulate matter. This proving that there is another way.

Source: New York Times

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