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Leonardo DiCaprio Rides a Stromer

Leonardo DiCaprio Rides a Stromer

One small company is attempting to prove that it can buck the trend and expand globally at a time when many Swiss firms are being priced out of the market by the franc.

The manufacturer of the electric bike Stromer recently got the kind of publicity no money can buy: images of Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively riding high in Stromer saddles through the streets of New York.

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Bike company to electrify exports

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Introducing Shimano’s Latest Creation

Introducing Shimano’s Latest Creation

How much would you spend for an upgrade to smooth shifting on your next road bike? If $4,000 to $8,000 is in the ballpark, then a Shimano-powered electronic bike may be in your future. We took the cycling giant’s latest gear for a spin in Central Park, drawing envious glances from various spandex-clad bikers during the ride. Outfitted with the company’s newest Ultegra 6770 Di2 series of gears, the shifters gave us a taste of technology normally reserved for Tour de Francers — at new, more affordable pricing. So what was it like to be the envy of cyclists everywhere? Jump past the break to find out.

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Shimano showcases the Ultegra Di2 electronic bike gears, we go for a ride

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UK: A Few Lucky Cumbria Residents Can Pick Up an Ebike, Cheap

UK: A Few Lucky Cumbria Residents Can Pick Up an Ebike, Cheap

The team behind the Electric Bicycle Network in Cumbria is selling off some of its bikes now the summer season is over.

“These top-of-the-range bicycles represent a real bargain for those who’d love to get onto two wheels but with a bit of a boost,” said Electric Bicycle Network director Isobel Stoddart.

“As a social enterprise, we sell a proportion of our fleet each year and put the funds towards next year’s fleet.

“We only use the best electric bikes as our aim is to enable as many people as possible to have a fantastic time on two wheels, however hilly it is, however fit they are, without any worry.”

The Electric Bicycle Network in the Lake District was one of the first in the country, and has given many hundreds of people a new opportunity to enjoy the freedom of cycling within the Lake District’s iconic and beautiful scenery.

As the season comes to a successful conclusion the bikes will be available to try at Grizedale Mountain Bikes – the Electric Bicycle Network’s hub in the central Lakes.

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Electric bikes sold off by Cumbrian network

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What’s New At The Cycle Show

What’s New At The Cycle Show

BikeBiz is covering what’s new from various E-bike manufacturers:
Pre-show EBCO let slip that two new brands would fall under its portfolio, which remains dedicated to the electric bike.

These two brands, both from Germany, are AVE electric bikes and KED Helmets, the latter of which is dedicated to producing a better standard of protective headgear for the electric bicycle.
With a decade in the business and having borrowed household name Bosch’s technology, AVE will bring two models to the UK. The first is a £1,900 hardtail and the second a burly £3,000 full suspension electric bike – both of which are made in Europe.

Paul Stanforth, co-director of EBCO, told BikeBiz: “Bosch have more or less taken over the high-end of the electric bike market, thanks both to lots of research and development and a lacklustre reaction from Shimano. Dealers of our bikes will be buoyed by the fact that Bosch is a household name, thus they can sell the customer a brand name that is known, as opposed to a new concept.”

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Occupy Protesters Pedal for Progress, Power, Heat

Occupy Protesters Pedal for Progress, Power, Heat

From Gas 2: Pedal-powered bicycles equipped with electrical power generators are now supplying electricity to protesters at Zuccotti Park, the home of the Occupy Wall Street movement – just in time for the area’s first major snow of the season!

Yes, the first snowstorm has come and gone in the Northeast, and it was a big one, dropping 20″ of snow in some areas. Other than asking when the power will come back on, many are a residents wondered if the cold and snow would break the Occupy Movements that started in New York City (especially since the NYPD and FDNY “conveniently” confiscated all of the protester’s generators as “fire hazards”).

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Occupy Protesters Pedal for Progress, Power, Heat

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The Electric Bike Market Is Shifting

The Electric Bike Market Is Shifting

The thought of an electric bicycle that just goes by itself could be the stuff of a teenager’s daydream and yet the market, in the UK at least, has been invested in the 50-plus bracket.

There is evidence that in bike dealerships the majority of e-bikes sold are to more mature customers. A critical point to understand is that most bike shops can use electric bikes to tap into a new market of older riders rather than the usual sub-30 users.

Stuart Woodmansey, GM of Bob’s Bikes in Hull, for instance, noticed a real trend in those buying Powabykes and said: “We are going to try and convince the younger market but the most popular market is the older generation…”

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Is the electric bike market shifting?

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South African Town Embraces E-bikes

South African Town Embraces E-bikes

Iol News reported: Thekwini mayor James Nxumalo’s new mayoral vehicle is an eco-friendly two-wheeler with a top speed of 40km/h and a modest range of 45km. Another advantage is that it does not require a licence to be used.

Nxumalo has pledged to ride his new electric bicycle from his Pinetown home to his workplace, the city hall, once a week beginning on Thursday.

He revealed this at the launch of the metro police electric bicycles pilot project yesterday when he was presented with the bike. The project aims to test alternative modes of transport for the municipality’s departments.

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Mayor bikes into the future

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E-Bikes in Danger in Toronto

E-Bikes in Danger in Toronto

There’s an editorial at the Toronto National Post from a gentleman named Terence Corcoran, pointing out the fact that Toronto is busy removing access to electric bikes.

I love my e-bike and I’m here to defend it. Save the E-Bike! — the real, the genuine and the only e-bike — is a campaign I hope my fellow opinion mongers here at the National Post will join.

More directly, this is an appeal to Peter Kuitenbrouwer and Chris Selley, who recently wrote columns on e-bikes, to take a fresh look at the issue, refine their views and sign up for a rational and consistent e-bike policy for Toronto. If we do not do this, one of the greatest two-wheel transportation concepts since the invention of the bicycle could be lost to this great city.

The true e-bike is one with working muscle-powered pedals and an electric battery assist. Thanks to dimwitted policy from the provincial government, the e-bike is being driven off the market in Ontario. The province has created such confusion that both Mr. Kuitenbrouwer and Mr. Selley took positions that came down solidly in favour of two opposite policy options that are both wrong.

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Please don’t let e-bikes be driven off our roads

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It’s Illegal In Singapore To Improve Your E-Bike!

It’s Illegal In Singapore To Improve Your E-Bike!

From Channel News Asia: SINGAPORE: The number of people caught for illegally modifying their electric bicycles has gone down by more than 10 per cent to 264 for the first four months of the year, compared to the same period last year.

But there are still some who get caught repeatedly, like William Ong, who has been caught three times in five months for riding an illegally modified bicycle.

Mr Ong had paid some S$1,000 for an electric bicycle which had been approved by authorities, but he was slapped with a S$500 fine for adding a button that powers up the bike automatically.

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Fewer people caught illegally modifying electric bikes this year

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Introducing Ford’s E-Bike

Introducing Ford’s E-Bike

EV World had an artilce on the new electric bike put out by Ford.

An electric bicycle, by Ford Motor Company, shown at a major car show? Why would Ford build an electric bike?

Well, the first answer that comes to mind is: why not? After all, 900,000 bicycles with electric assistance were sold just in Europe last year, with a strong upward trend.

EV World has already reported on the basic facts of Ford’s e-bike project.

But we wanted to know more about Ford’s motivation, and what plans may be in store for the future. After all, Ford’s e-bike is a quite gorgeous, desirable machine — all the more impressive given that it is Ford’s first effort in this field.

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Ford’s Electric Bicycle?

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Daymak EBikes: Made in Canada

Daymak EBikes: Made in Canada

The Vancourver Sun ran an interview with Yeganeh Baiocchi, co-founder of Daymak.

Ten years ago, Yeganeh and Aldo Baiocchi were searching for the perfect gift for their daughter Daniela. After settling on an electric scooter, the couple decided to import an entire shipping container of them and start a business. When legal restrictions prevented them from bringing bicycles in from overseas, Mr. Baiocchi was forced to get creative.

Using his computer science background to develop what he considers the world’s first fully wireless electric bicycle, his technology formed the foundation of what Daymak Inc. is today. Now vice-president of the Toronto-based company under his wife, Mr. Baiocchi sat down with the Financial Post’s Jameson Berkow to detail how his family established one of a few eBike developers in Canada. The following is an edited transcription of their conversation.

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EBike Sales Forecasted To Increase Sharply

EBike Sales Forecasted To Increase Sharply

BOULDER, Colo., Oct 14, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — While two-wheeled transport remains the primary means of transport for millions of people in China and other parts of Asia Pacific, most consumers in North America and Europe have remained committed to their passenger cars.

Now, however, high petroleum costs, improved customer perception, and government incentives are all contributing to a growing demand for motorcycles and scooters — including those powered by electricity. Particularly in areas where the population is increasingly moving into cities, where large vehicles are often impractical and expensive to own, operate, and park, density has become a driving force for the e-motorcycle and e-scooter markets. According to a recent report from Pike Research, sales of these vehicles will rise sharply in Europe and North America over the next six years.

In Western Europe, for example, annual sales of e-motorcycles will essentially double each year through 2017, the cleantech intelligence firm says, with some countries, such as Italy and France, seeing compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) of greater than 120%. The nations of Eastern Europe will see even more explosive growth, with e-motorcycle sales increasing by 138% annually from 2011 through 2017. CAGRs for e-motorcycles in North America will surpass 71%.

“For now, sales numbers are low, but manufacturers of two-wheeled electric vehicles are finding specialty niches that will provide solid growth early on in the next decade,” says senior analyst Dave Hurst. “E-scooters, for example, are effective for small parcel deliveries, while police forces are gravitating toward e-motorcycles to save money on fuel.”

By far the largest market for e-motorcycles and e-scooters is China, where Pike Research forecasts that 2.3 million and 13.5 million vehicles, respectively, will be sold by 2017. This growth is driven by the huge existing market for two-wheeled vehicles and by the fact that many e-scooters are sold as bicycles, so they do not have to be registered. China, however, is a relatively mature market; the CAGR for e-motorcycle sales through 2017 will be under 2% and, for e-scooters, under 5%.

The total number of e-motorcycles and e-scooters on the road, worldwide, will increase from 17 million in 2011 to 138 million by 2017.

The above is a press release from Pike Research.

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El Segundo, CA Signs Off on Bike Plan

El Segundo, CA Signs Off on Bike Plan

El Segundo, CA this week became the first South Bay city to sign off on a plan to expand and improve bicycling infrastructure throughout the region.

With cycling enthusiasts filling many of the seats before them Tuesday night, City Council members voted 4-1 to approve the document that proposes adding 213 miles of new bikeways over the next 20 years and closing gaps among existing paths.

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El Segundo becomes first city to sign off on regional bike plan

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Dublin Embraces Cycle to Work Program

Dublin Embraces Cycle to Work Program

From the Silicon Republic:

The Cycle to Work scheme has only been up and running in Ireland for just over two years, yet over 90,000 people have already capitalised on it, availing of the tax incentives to get to and from work on two wheels, minimising their carbon footprint and getting fit all at the same time. Apparently, cycling to work also saves economies on sick days too – that’s according to a London School of Economics report.

Despite having to weave through rush-hour traffic on Dublin City streets, battling it against taxi drivers, bus drivers, parents dropping kids to school, commuters, and the Luas all edging along the commuting corridors in the morning, or having to trudge over hilly country roads, it seems that cyclists are liking the Cycle to Work scheme, which also has knock-on benefits for the Irish economy and its green economy drive.

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Cycle to Work scheme grabs fitness-conscious commuters

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Electric Motorcycle Speeds Past Records

Electric Motorcycle Speeds Past Records

The Ohio State Buckeye Electric Motorcycle Race Team set a new record for electric motorcycles at an East Coast Timing Association meet on Sunday in Maxton, N.C.

The BEMRT more than doubled the previously held ECTA record in the altered category of 53 mph with a speed of 112 mph. This was the team’s first competition.

BEMRT built the full sport-sized electric motorcycle in less than a year since its founding in October 2010 by Sean Ewing, a fifth-year in electrical and computer engineering. Ewing built two motorcycles on his own before forming the team.

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Electric Motorcycle Speeds Past Records

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LEVA Draws Large Crowd at Interbike

LEVA Draws Large Crowd at Interbike

From the Bicylcle Retailer:

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—The Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA) saw a much bigger crowd this year. This was largely due to the test track being almost four times larger, which accommodated more than 600 riders—a 50 percent increase over last year.

The LEVA day long seminars held on September 15 were well attended and drew an average of 100 attendees throughout the day. Topics ranged from how IBDs can successfully sell electric bikes, to how to legally and safely ship lithium batteries, the legal aspects of electric bikes, a battery tech certification class, and the repair and service of light electric vehicles.

Last Friday morning, LEVA organized a networking breakfast for dealers and suppliers which had 85 attendees, up 55 percent over last year, proving again the interest in building the use of LEVs in the North American market. LEVA founder, Ed Benjamin, spoke of the growth of the LEVA market as behind the now firmly entrenched LEV market in the EU, but showing a definite growth curve.

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LEVA Draws Large Crowd at Interbike

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Fort Collins, CO Most EBike-Business Friendly

Fort Collins, CO Most EBike-Business Friendly

Fort Collins made a splash at the international bicycle expo Interbike in Las Vegas this week as the city took home the gold for being a bicycle friendly business.

Dave “DK” Kemp, the city’s bicycle coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the city from The League of American Bicyclists. The award recognizes Fort Collins for its efforts in creating a bicycle-friendly community for both employees and residents.

The program honors innovative bike-friendly efforts and provides technical assistance and information to help companies and organizations become even better for bicyclists.

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City’s efforts lauded at bike expo

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Pakistan Moving Into E-Bike Market

Pakistan Moving Into E-Bike Market

Multan—C.Co, a company that pioneered assembling energy-efficient electric and hybrid motorcycles in Pakistan, has lauded Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on taking the environment-friendly initiative of assembling or manufacturing electric vehicles in South Punjab.

Syed Qalandar Ali Gardezi, the C.Co country manager said that it was a good decision taken by the Prime Minister Gilani at a time when consumers were worried due to high price of petrol and diesel and the initiative will enable people opt for extraordinarily cheaper means of transportation without having to pay for petrol or diesel. And, no hazardous emission to environment would be a bonus, he added.

On the PM’s instructions, the federal government has recently activated Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (Smeda) to consult industrialists and prepare a plan to embark on research and assemble environment-friendly and energy efficient electric vehicles.

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PM’s initiative on electric vehicles manufacturing lauded

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Introducing the Ford E-Bike Galaxy 2

Introducing the Ford E-Bike Galaxy 2

From Crave Cnet UK: The last thing you need when you’re feeling the wind in your hair and the flies in your teeth is to root around in your pocket to take a call. Well Ford has an solution for cyclists everywhere, with its E-Bike Concept. And the shocker? It’s on display with a Samsung Galaxy S2 instead of an iPhone.

The Samsung blower is slapped up there on the handlebars, so you can take calls, check your Twitter feed, and listen to music while you cycle. It also connects to the bike to offer some pretty cool ride options via the touchscreen.

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Ford E-Bike Concept has Galaxy S2, eyes on the road

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Ebiking the Swiss Alps

Ebiking the Swiss Alps

Tim Neville writes of his biking adventures for the New York Times:

THE road east out of Sörenberg rears up into a series of steep turns that climb the Glaubenbielen Pass, the high point of a road the Swiss Army punched through the Alps more than 60 years ago. Though the occasional car and bus make the journey to the top, these days much of the road belongs to cyclists.

On a cool afternoon in mid-July I was one of them. I hadn’t ridden much all season, yet something primordial kicked in when I spied another biker just ahead. His calf muscles were swollen like Salamanca hams, and he was stooped over the bars, sweat dripping onto the pavement.

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Over the Alps on a Bike With a Boost

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