Major Scooter Companies Launch Industry Coalition

MMfE Website

E-scooter operators have come together to form a new coalition, Micromobility for Europe (MMfE), which launched officially on 2nd February 2021.

Comprised of eight founding members, Bird, Bolt, Dott, FreeNow, Lime, Tier, Voi, and Wind, the coalition aims to contribute to the development of a coherent policy framework in Europe that will ensure micromobility solutions flourish in European cities and support the rapid transition to zero-emission urban mobility.

Over 900% Return On Investment in Active Travel

Active Travel in London

A new research paper by a trio of leading transport academics has found an economic benefit to the tune of £724 million has been recognised on £80 million in active travel investment.

Authored by University of Westminster Professor of Transport Rachel Aldred, Dr James Woodcock and Dr Anna Goodman, the paper is titled: ‘Major investment in active travel in outer London: impacts on travel behaviour, physical activity and health.’

Chinese Bikeshare Company Looks Set to Raise $1.3 Billion

Qingju Bikeshare

Qingju, which is the bike sharing unit of Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing as raised US$600 million (A780 million) in its Series B round of financing and is set to raise a further US$400 million (A$520 million) in loans, according to the financial media site Deal Street Asia.

A Didi spokesperson said, “Didi Bike (Qingju) has recently completed a Series B fundraising round. With the new investment, we will continue to improve mid and short distance travel in cities, by providing efficient, safe and reliable bike sharing services to the users.

Spin, Segway, Self Driving Scooters Here Now

Spin self driving scooter

The developers claim that this new technology could lead to a 10x increase in the number of rides per scooter per day due to two key improvements. San Francisco / California / USA Take a look at this self driving scooter, launched on Thursday 28th January at the Micromobility World Conference by three collaborating companies,…

Clip On Ebike Power Within Seconds

Clip On Ebike Power Within Seconds

Brooklyn / New York / USA Despite the boom in ebike sales over recent years, there are still far more non-ebikes on the road than ebikes. E-bike conversion kits have been around for many years. But they are relatively expensive and labour intensive to install. There have been some attempts to make conversion simpler such…

Bird Develops Skid Detection System

Bird Develops Skid Detection System - Source: www.bird.co

Skid detection is an important safety and compliance feature that has the potential to deliver significant security benefits to both riders and communities. Ryan Fujiu – Chief Product Officer, Bird. Los Angeles / California / USA Major scooter-share company Bird has developed a skid detection system to help encourage safe and compliant e-scooter riding. Skidding…

Now, Even Lego Has a Cargo Bike!

Lego with Cargo Bike

Billund / Denmark In a sign of the times, Lego’s new City Shopping Street pack, released on 1st January 2021 features a bike shop with a mountain bike, road bike and a cargo bike. There’s also a blue bike lane marked along the Lego street, albeit rather too narrow compared to the roadway! The collection…

Free Planning Guide For Cycle Logistics Hubs Published

Free Planning Guide For Cycle Logistics Hubs Published

Copenhagen / Denmark City Changer Cargo Bike (CCCB) is a collaboration of 20 partners including cities, research institutions, NGOs, and industries from all over Europe in the quest to achieve a faster, more cost-effective and larger-scale deployment of cargo bike based logistics. On 22nd January 2021 CCCB published a comprehensive 28-page guide to different design…

Oslo Gets Serious About Micromobility

Oslo Gets Serious About Micromobility

Oslo / Norway The City of Oslo has seen a 77% increase in bicycle traffic since passing a dedicated bicycle strategy in 2015. They were previously building just 1.5 kilometres of separated cycling infrastructure per year which was increased 10 fold to over 15 kilometres per year. This is about to double again as they’ve…

From Big Auto to Big Electric

ZETA - From Big Auto to Big Electric

Washington DC / USA It was bound to happen sooner or later. On 17th November 2020, 28 USA corporations founded ZETA, the Zero Emission Transportation Association. Their initial 28 members include electric vehicle manufacturers Tesla, Rivian, Lucid, Lordstown and Proterra. They also include engineering companies, mining industry groups (for copper and lithium) battery companies, electricity…