🇫🇷 The Next Copenhagen

Plus, Tier scores $200M, Europeans are even more into e-bikes post-pandemic, and the scariest part of Halloween is the cars.

Thanks for reading the Micromobility Newsletter. Here’s what going on in the wide world of lightweight electric vehicles today.


What You Need to Know this Week

  • Paris is gunning for Copenhagen’s title as the world’s most bike-friendly major city. With an eye toward becoming “100% cyclable” by 2026, the French capital just announced it will invest $291M to expand its protected bike lane system by 180 miles, build 180K new bike parking spots, eliminate 70K on-street car parking spots, ensure all elementary school children know how to bike, help businesses adapt to cargo bikes, and more.

  • As Paris makes headlines for reimagining its streets on behalf of cyclists and pedestrians, let’s not forget about Europe’s original car-free capital: Ljubljana.

  • Debunking five popular myths about highways, from “congestion pricing hurts the poor” to “94% of crashes are caused by human error.”

  • A new study by bike parts manufacturer Shimano shows 1 in 4 Europeans are more likely to buy or use an e-bike now than they were before the pandemic. The shift in opinion stems from lingering concerns about the safety of public transport (39%) and general dissatisfaction with motor vehicles (38%).

  • Tier has raised $200M at a $2B valuation to expand its shared micromobility empire across Europe and the Middle East. Co-led by SoftBank and Mubadala Capital.

  • Delivery workers are forming watch groups to stop bike thefts.

  • Indian two-wheeler startup River has emerged from stealth with a “multi-utility” electric moped and $2M in funding from Maniv Mobility and TrucksVC.

  • Speaking of India, small vehicles continue to lap larger ones in electrification across the subcontinent. Only 4% of the country’s car sales have been battery-powered so far this financial year, compared to nearly half of two- and three-wheelers.

  • Is New York about to get its first bike mayor? Leading candidate, Eric Adams, has pledged to bike to work regularly if elected. He’s also called for the addition of 300 more miles of protected bike lanes.

  • Amazon is testing e-cargo bikes as means of last-mile delivery in Freiberg, Germany. This is not the first time the e-commerce giant has experimented with LEVs to lower emissions and speed up deliveries, having launched a similar program in Manhattan in 2019. Could bikes be a part of Amazon’s strategy to reach net-zero emissions by 2040?

  • Related: According to a recent last-mile delivery pilot in Seattle, logistics providers can reduce emissions by 30% and miles-traveled by 50% by replacing delivery vans with a combination of e-cargo bikes and microhubs in cities. However, the Seattle experiment did find that vans outperform e-bikes on fulfillment speed, with the ability to deliver more than twice as many packages per hour.

  • Segway’s new “Mecha Kit” converts self-balancing transporters into rolling turrets that fire can pellets made of gel. Why? Who knows, but it looks fun.

  • Bolt has launched in-app navigation for its shared scooters. To make the wayfinding system easy to use, the company’s next generation of scooters allows the rider’s smartphone to be mounted to, and charged by, the scooter.

  • Through a partnership with REEF, Arcimoto’s three-wheeled EVs will soon be available to rent by the minute in Santa Monica, much like kick scooters.

  • BP and Piaggio have signed an MOU to develop charging stations and swappable battery tech for electric two- and three-wheelers.

  • It’s not just the US that has an unhealthy addiction to big cars, sales of SUVs are surging globally.

  • The car represents a bundle of trips—sometimes literally. Patent filings show that, in 2017, Hyundai developed a concept for a foldable electric scooter that can be stored beneath the floor of a car trunk, presumably so that commuters could scoot the last mile to their destination after parking their car.

  • New Zealand is on track to nearly double its e-bike and scooter imports in 2021, year-over-year.

  • Portland, Oregon, is on the verge of creating a parking “cash-out,” requiring employers that provide free or subsidized parking to offer their employees that parking value in taxable cash income or alternative transportation benefits.

  • Halloween, the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians in America, is fast approaching. Please be careful out there this weekend.


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🐤 Bird Scoops $150M

Plus, Gogoro arrives in China, Lime posts EBITDA-adjusted profitable quarter, and US e-bike sales nearly double since 2019.

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What You Need to Know This Week

  • Bird announced it will raise $150M, up from $40M, in vehicle financing from Apollo Investment Corp ahead of its SPAC deal.

  • One industry tracker expects American e-bike sale volumes to reach 550,000 units this year, up from 437,000 in 2020 and 288,000 in 2019. That’s nearly 200% growth in two years, brought on by the heightened demand for micromobility solutions caused by the pandemic.

  • The mythology of ride-sharing is falling apart.

  • Gogoro’s hot-swappable battery infrastructure has arrived in China. The Taiwan company’s technology, which is currently compatible with two local moped brands, Yadea and DJC, launched in Hangzhou this week, opening the door to further expansion in the world’s largest two-wheeler market.

  • Related: From route optimization to cargo bikes, here’s how European startups are decarbonizing last-mile delivery.

  • How public “e-bike libraries” are expanding access to micromobility.

  • A new study from Chicago shows dockless scooters compete with bike-sharing for riders. “The weekly usage of bike sharing in e-scooter sharing operation area declined by 10.2% due to the impact.”

  • ICYMI: Last week we published a new speech of our co-founder Horace Dediu’s latest insights on micromobility, fittingly titled “The 10 Micromobility Commandments” (video here). So far, the response has been very positive, and we recommend checking it out if you haven’t already. Here’s what Azeem Azhar of the Exponential View newsletter had to say: “Grab a pen and paper because Dediu delivers a tour de force of insights that is well worth half an hour of your time.”

  • Brompton CEO estimates it will take another 18 months for the bicycle manufacturing industry to sort out the global parts shortage.

  • Honda plans to sell EV mopeds in India within the next year.

  • Populus is starting the second phase of a USDOT-funded project to leverage data from over 80M micromobility trips to help more than 15 cities design safer streets.

  • The Australian military is testing 50-mph electric bikes for scouting missions.


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🛸 VanMoof’s “Hyperbike”

Plus, Pon buys Dorel, requests for bike directions on Google Maps double, and a Berlin petition aims to ban cars.

Hello and welcome to the Micromobility Newsletter, a weekly missive about mobility, mostly mobility in cities by small electric vehicles (e.g. e-bikes, scooters, mopeds). The reason you’re reading this email is that you signed up on our website or came to one of our events.

If you’re not a subscriber and you want to keep getting the latest news and analysis from inside the micromobility movement delivered straight to your inbox every Tuesday, sign up here for free. If you’d like to unsubscribe, just click that link.

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Conference Replays

Last month’s Micromobility America summit brought together a vast network of micromobility’s top global builders, investor, and thinkers for a full day of engaging conversations and workshops. Now we’re making the entire event program available to rewatch anytime online.

Obviously, for us, a big highlight was seeing our co-founder Horace Dediu, coiner of the term “micromobility,” set forth his 10 commandments for the industry, but there was no shortage of memorable moments, including:

🧢 Andrew Yang on his new political party and how America can get more people on e-bikes and scooters

🌁 California’s secretary of transportation on the Golden State’s micromobility plans

✨ Huge announcements from Unagi, Cowboy, and more

We also held a series of expert panels on unit economics, public policy, and more. You can watch all of them here.

If you like these talks, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to find out when the full lineup of videos from Micromobility America is uploaded.


One more thing before we get started: We’re excited to host a live interview about the future of last-mile delivery with Particle today @ 9AM PT.

Our own Oliver Bruce will talk to Nathan Wang, head of micromobility at Particle, about bikes and scooters’ potential to disrupt urban logistics.

We recommend checking it out if you’re interested in the way we access goods in cities is changing with the rise of e-commerce, food delivery, and 10-min grocery. Grab your spot here.


What You Need to Know This Week

  • Yesterday VanMoof unveiled its fastest e-bike yet: the 37mph VanMoof V. Seeing as how the top speed for pedelecs in the US and Europe is capped at ~28mph, the company’s new “hyperbike” challenges lawmakers to update existing regulations so e-bikes can compete with cars on speed. Interestingly, VanMoof seems to view speed, as opposed to cargo capacity, as the main factor that would convince a commuter to switch from a car to an electric bike.

    Specs are scarce so far but we do know the VanMoof V ($3,498) is still being engineered (in-house, as usual), and the company expects deliveries to begin late next year.

  • Two titans of the cycling world are joining forces to forge a new global leader. Dutch company Pon Holdings, owner of Gazelle, Swapfiets, and more, is buying US-based Dorel Sports, parent group of Cannondale, Schwinn, and GT, for $810M in cash. The sale creates a formidable new bicycle player on both sides of the Atlantic, worth roughly $2.9B in annual revenue.

  • Over the past year, the use of biking directions on Google Maps has increased by up to 98% in cities around the world.

  • Russian tech giant Yandex has dialed up its micromobility efforts by acquiring Wind’s Israeli e-scooter operations. The deal, which is reportedly worth $40-50M, will greatly increase the size of Yandex’s nascent scooter sharing network, while allowing Wind to continue functioning separately in Europe.

  • A petition in Berlin aims to completely ban cars from a 34-square-mile stretch of downtown.


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  • In addition to mopeds, Ola says its plans to build electric bikes, kick scooters, and cars too.

  • One of the largest auto dealerships in Belgium, D’leteren, is buying a bicycle shop with ambitions of creating a nationwide chain that sells and services e-bikes.

  • In a new study, a majority of Spin users said riding an electric scooter improves their mental health.

  • Volkswagen is building a network of bike lanes at its auto plant in Wolfsburg. At the ribbon cutting, VW CEO Herbert Diess had some surprising things to say about the future of cars in urban settings…

  • Radio Flyer, maker of your childhood toy wagon, has started accepting preorders for its first line of electric bikes and scooters.

  • Here’s a map of car-free households in the United States. “In 351 (out of 74,002) tracts, 75 or more percent of occupied households were carfree according to the 2015/2019 American Community Survey.”

  • A study from Louisville finds shared scooters do not cause local bus ridership to decline.

  • Google launched a new feature to help users shrink their carbon footprint, including by changing their travel habits.

  • Between 2014 and 2017, CitiBike users in New York saved 13,370 metric tons of oil equivalent, and decreased 30,070 metric tons of carbon emissions and 80 metric tons of nitrogen oxides.

  • German moped sharing player Emmy has been acquired by Israel-based MaaS startup GoTo Global Mobility. (Video: GoTo explains how it is solving shared mobility’s poor unit economics by bundling bikes, scooters, mopeds, and cars into a single app.)

  • Nature magazine says we should make electric vehicles lighter to maximize climate and safety benefits. Our advice is to remove some wheels.

  • Bird can now detect when scooters are being ridden on the sidewalk and slow them to a stop. Unlike many of its competitors, which rely on computer vision for sidewalk detection, Bird’s new ADAS system uses GPS sensors, which developer, u-blox, says are up to 20x less expensive.


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📦 Disrupting Urban Logistics

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How often do you notice the vehicle that delivers your meals or packages? Most of us don’t really think about it. We just expect our deliveries to be fast.

But we should think about it.

While innovations like one-click checkout and same/next-day shipping have brought unprecedented convenience to shopping experiences—especially during the pandemic—the ways in which our goods and services are delivered are still based on street-blocking, air-polluting combustion engine vehicles.

The truth is that urban last-mile delivery has never been so ripe for disruption.

More and more, retailers, restaurants, and service providers are turning away from delivery trucks and vans to lightweight electric vehicles like e-bikes and e-scooters.

Join Nathan Wang, head of micromobility at Particle, and Oliver Bruce, co-host of The Micromobility Podcast, tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13, at 9:00AM PT as they discuss the future of LEVs as a means of last-mile delivery in urban environments.

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🤯 E-bike Sales Jump +3x

Plus, Ola Electric scores $200m, eSC teases high-speed scooter specs, and Europe cracks down on e-bike hacking.

Hello and welcome to the Micromobility Newsletter, a weekly missive about mobility, mostly mobility in cities by small electric vehicles (e.g. e-bikes, scooters, mopeds). The reason you’re reading this email is that you signed up on our website or came to one of our events.

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Streaming Soon

We talk a lot about how lightweight electric vehicles are going to unbundle the car. But with the growth of e-commerce, especially in the last 18 months, what about the delivery van? A couple of important stats:

📦 E-commerce revenue is expected to top $6.3t in the next three years.

🚚 A recent study found that, in the largest urban markets, cargo bikes deliver parcels 60% faster than vans.

🚲 Already some of the world’s largest logistics companies, including Amazon, FedEx, and DHL, are rolling out two- and three-wheelers to optimize last-mile deliveries.

All of which is to say the intersection of micromobility and logistics is going to be a very big deal.

So don’t miss our next webinar, as Nathan Wang, head of micromobility at Particle, and Oliver Bruce, co-host of The Micromobility Podcast, discuss the future of lightweight electric vehicles as a means of last-mile delivery in urban environments.

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What You Need to Know This Week

  • In the wake of the pandemic, US e-bike revenue grew by a mind-blowing 240% in the 12 months ending in July 2021, year-over-year, according to NPD Group. That’s compared to a 15% increase for all cycling equipment during the same timeframe. Electric bikes are now the third largest cycling category in terms of sales revenue, ahead of road bikes.

  • Ola Electric has raised $200m at a valuation of $3b following the highly successful rollout of its first two models of e-mopeds this summer. The Indian startup says it sold $150m worth of sit-down scooters in just two days.

  • With 1 out of 10 Parisians cycling daily, Paris now ranks among the top 10 bike cities in the world.

  • Latin American micromobility provider Tembici has raised $80m in Series C funding to launch in more cities and expand e-bike delivery.


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  • Do laws requiring that shared e-scooters be locked to bike racks actually make streets and sidewalks any safer?

  • A 15mph speed limit is expected to be introduced across the city of London in 2022. London’s proposed speed limit goes even further than Paris, which recently introduced a groundbreaking law requiring cars travel no faster than 19mph in the city.

  • As well, Paris may soon introduce “noise radars” to target loud motorcycles and reduce noise pollution.

  • A majority of Americans say transportation policy should “shift trips toward transit, walking, and biking,” according to a new poll. But that same study also shows most Americans think the central goal of transportation planning should not be to reduce driving…

  • A group of 68 European bike companies have signed onto an industry-wide commitment to prevent people from hacking their e-bikes for more speed and power.

  • The White House bike-share station is back after being removed in 2017.

  • Orion Electrics Company is making e-bikes available in low-income areas in Ohio at highly affordable rates (starting at $899 to purchase or $10/month to lease).

  • The eSkootr Championship (eSC), the world’s first standing electric scooter race, has released some more specs about its model S1-X: “The 12 kW (16 hp) electric scooters split their power between two in-wheel hub motors, and a special boost button will be available to dump an extra 20% power on straightaways. Stored energy comes from a 1.5 kWh battery under the deck of the scooter.”

  • Oslo’s government voted to increase the city’s cycling budget by 60% next year. Now that’s how you get behind biking.

  • Looking beyond electric cars, many cities around the world are electrifying ferries, trams, buses, and other other forms of mass transit.

  • Lime says scooter usage in the U.K. has spiked 20-40% recently because of fuel shortages.

  • This new 19lbs electric bicycle claims to be the lightest in the world.

  • Tortoise is expanding remote-operated robotic delivery to convenience stores across the US through a new two-year strategic partnership with King Retail Solutions.

  • Dott is planning a major expansion of shared e-bikes throughout Western Europe this fall.

  • United Airlines has removed all special fees for flying with a bicycle, finally following the lead of Delta and American.

  • Forbes reports on what it saw at the first Micromobility America conference in over two years: “It is telling that at least 3 exhibitors were promoting hardware and software to make their scooters better behaved for cities.”


Pod People

New episode of the podcast—featuring Jaideep Dhanoa, co-founder and CEO of UAE-based micromobility startup Fenix—is out, exploring the emerging market for micromobility in the Middle East and Asia. A few topics:

🚲 Lessons from the Chinese bike-share bubble

🌍 Strategies for shared scooters in the Gulf States

🇹🇷 Why Istanbul could be the next Paris

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Jobs to Be Done

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