Advantages of Ditching the Car for an eBike – A Firsthand Perspective from Northern Canada
UK Bike Insurer Cuts eBike Premiums
Progress for eBike Sharing Schemes in Portland, Oregon and Watford, UK
VOI eKickscooter Share Company Turns Profit
Infrastructure Potential In US Huge Whilst UK Cycle Network Contracts
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New eBikes & eBike Systems
Hase Launch Remarkable Multi-purpose eBike
The remarkable Hase Pino Steps in tandem riding mode – the seat can be removed so it becomes a cargo bike
German company Hase has been making the multi-functional Pino bike for a number of years but from this October it will appear in a redesigned form and will be available as an electric version. The flexible Pino design means the bike can act as both a cargo bike and a tandem with the front rider pedaling recumbent style on a comfortable looking seat. New design features include foldable handlebars and a folding frame for easier storage and transportation of the bike.
It uses the well-regarded Shimano Steps mid-drive motor and a 504Wh battery. RRP will be €8,276 / £8,561, available October 2020. You can find Hase dealers here.
Lots of space for two adult riders and plenty of luggage on the Hase Pino
The E-Ticket uses a Shimano Steps E8000 mid-drive with a 504Wh battery hidden in the hand-welded alloy downtube. The internal power pack can either be charged in the frame or removed from the bike via a hidden battery door, released with a 4mm Allen key.
Prices start at US$6,999 and you can get more detail direct from Foes here.
New Bike Accessories
Kinekt Suspension Stem
Cirrus Cycles, designers and manufacturers of the Kinekt Suspension stem for bikes have been in touch to say that some 1,200 Kinekt suspension stems have now been shipped and are being enjoyed by early supporters of their Kickstarter and IndieGogo campaigns. A second production run will start soon and stems are available for order now from their website, to be shipped August 1st.
New international distributors this spring, our Kinekt products are now available in 18 countries worldwide!
Cycling Industry News reports that ‘Scientists at the University of Stirling have created what they say is the first artificial material that cannot be cut; uncuttable material could be perfect for bike security applications. Inspired by hierarchical structures in nature, such as those in fish scales and grapefruit, the new material has been given the name Proteus, named after the Greek god. This moniker is in reference to the shape-shifting characteristics shown by the material, which effectively metamorphosized against various forms of attack.’
Leon Swaps Car for eBike
One resident of the city of Edmonton in Canada swapped his car for an e-bike. Find out the many advantages in this video, advantages that include being able to buy an e-bike for less than the monthly car parking payments at his workplace, and the ability to ride to work in winter snow….
UK Bike Insurer Bikmo Cutting Premiums for eBike Insurance
According to the UK’s ebiketips website ‘Bikmo (specialist bike insurers) have announced that they will be cutting premiums for e-bike riders, with new research showing that e-bikers were 38% less likely to make a claim compared to non-assisted riders .’
The article adds that Bikmo conducted a survey of over 3,000 riders from the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria to arrive at these figures, leading to the conclusion that e-bikers tend to be more risk-averse, and e-bikes are primarily used for commuting (presumably less risky than sports cycling which has previously dominated the cycling scene in the UK). The findings have led Bikmo to cut their e-bike premiums by 25% “in a bid to encourage widespread uptake of electric-assisted riding.
Interestingly Bikmo says theft isn’t necessarily as big an issue as people might think: the survey found that e-bikers were still five times more likely to claim for accidental damage than a stolen bike, with theft ranking as the fourth most common reason for a claim.
Portland Adds 1500 New eBikes to Bike Share Scheme
‘The Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced a new 5-year contract extension for the Biketown bike-share system. The contract maintains partnerships with Lyft and founding sponsor Nike and will go in front of City Council for approval on July 22nd.
The contract means we can expect a major expansion that includes an all-new fleet of 1,500 pedal-assisted electric bikes with a top speed of 20-mph. The new system will go live in September with a service area that will include east Portland, the Jade District, portions of Lents, Gateway, and more.’
New eBike Share Scheme for UK’s Watford
Beryl e-bike in use
Watford is the first town where people can now use Beryl to share e-bikes. Beryl started off in 2012 making urban cycling products but has since branched out into running bike share schemes in towns and cities in the south of England. Previously these schemes made non-e-bikes available for use by the public but now the Watford scheme signals a move to e-bike share.
Initially, 25 e-bikes will be available in Watford with plans to roll out 75 more in the coming months. There are already more than 200 non-electric Beryl bikes in use across Watford.
E-kickscooter Sharing Voi In Profit
After the recent rough times,electric kickscooter sharing schemes have been having fans of this convenient form of transport might be heartened to hear news from Sweden. It’s here that Voi Technology is based and Electrive reports the company is ‘on track to make an annual profit in 2021 after breaking even in June. It is the first big electric scooter sharing firm to do so’.
How Federal Infrastructure Investments Can Help the Bike Boom
‘Significant budget increases to federal programs would help build bike lanes, trailways, and connected mobility networks’ say People for Bikes and have organized a webinar for July 30th to help promote such activity.
On July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a sweeping $1.5 trillion infrastructure package, nearly $500 billion of which would be dedicated to transportation projects for the next five years. ‘Join our webinar on July 30 at 12 p.m. MT to learn more about the House’s transportation investment proposals and what new policies and funding would mean for the bike industry, increasing ridership and the growing momentum behind the current bike boom. While the road to becoming law is long, we’ll share how you can take action and help push for bikes with us every step of the way’ say PfB.
The Guardianreports that the UK’s National Cycle Network (NCN) has lost almost a quarter of its 16,000 miles of UK-wide cycling and walking routes as part of an ongoing plan to improve safety standards. Some of the UK’s favorite long-distance cycle routes, including the Coast to Coast (C2C) from Whitehaven to Tynemouth, will now no longer be part of the official network because it has a fast 4.5-mile on-road stretch over the Hartside Pass in Cumbria.
eBike Biz & eBike Law
Tern eBikes Pass German eCargobike Standards Tests
Tern’s HSD has undergone a new cargo bike-specific testing regime
Urban mobility specialist, Tern, announced that its GSD and HSD electric bikes are among the first to pass, and even exceed a new international cargo safety standard. Despite their popularity in Europe and beyond, cargo bikes were never included in previous international safety standards, such as the ISO 4210 standard for city, trekking, young adult, mountain and racing bicycles, or the EN 15194 standard for e-bikes. But things are changing. A new German standard (DIN 79010:2020-02 Cycles – Transportation bikes and cargo bikes) took effect earlier this year, becoming the first to specify the testing methods and safety requirements for electric and non-electric cargo bikes.
The GSD and HSD have both passed this standard to their stated weight ratings. Indeed, Tern has gone beyond the DIN standard and used the EFBE Tri-Test for cargo bikes that build upon the German standard, but adds proprietary maximum and overload test stages to the test sequence defined in DIN 79010 in order to verify that the product endures singular peak loads at the edge of design use. It also ensures the bike remains safe even when pushed beyond its limits and does not risk the safety of riders or passengers when overloaded. The Tri-Test includes 10 different frame stress tests. By requiring that one single frame pass all 10 tests, any damage caused by one test will carry over to the remaining tests.
Calling Bike Industry Execs
People for Bike’s are billing their forthcoming industry conference:
‘The Bicycle Leadership Conference (BLC) is the world’s leading conference for bicycle industry executives. This is the opportunity to network and shape the future of bicycling. Join us for inspiration and education on topics such as: sustaining bicycling’s unprecedented momentum, e-bike access, technology and the latest data trends, and diversity, equity, and inclusion training for your business.
As the e-bike industry in many parts of the world is scrambling to get going again in the wake of factory closures and supply chain difficulties comes an encouraging report from Bike Europe. They tell us that ‘The production of pedal-assist e-bikes in Europe is growing at a fast pace: from 2018 to 2019 the surge, in units, amounts to almost 60%. This was reported by the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) in their annual report. Compared with 2018, the 2019 production of bicycles and e-bikes combined increased by 11%, showing the big impact of the e-bike boom.’
Stay tuned for more e-bike news and reviews and thanks for reading!