💸 Price hike for e-bikes

Plus, why WFH might not last much longer, more clues about London’s scooter pilot, and Lime lets users ride without app.

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What You Need to Know This Week

  • Price hikes are threatening to derail the incredible momentum e-bikes have shown during the pandemic. Amid rising transportation costs, a shortage of key components, and the expiration of a U.S. exemption on e-bike tariffs, several manufacturers say they have no choice but to raise their prices by $100 to $200. If Congress cares about getting people out of cars and into truly sustainable modes of transport, now would be a great time to pass the EBIKE Act, giving Americans a tax credit covering up to $1,500 of e-bike purchases…

  • Don’t count out a commuting comeback yet. A new survey by KPMG shows most major global companies no longer plan to reduce their use of office space after the pandemic. Just 17% of chief executives intend to cut back on offices, down from 69% in the last survey in August.

  • Lockdown brought traffic to a standstill in many cities last year. But rather than ushering in a golden age of road safety, empty streets appear to have encouraged faster, more reckless driving. As a result, 2020 is projected to have the largest-ever annual increase in the U.S. pedestrian fatality rate per mile driven.

  • The latest edition of the Micromobility Landscape has dropped, courtesy of industry biographer Alessandro Zenati, featuring more than 200 new startups filling in crucial blank spots in the urban mobility ecosystem, including last-block delivery, charging and parking, DTC, and more. Submit your company for approval here.

  • Lime customers can now rent a scooter without downloading the app by taking a photo of the scooter’s QR code and paying through Apple Pay or Google Pay. In addition to app-less riding, Lime also rolled out new features that make it easier for users to reserve a scooter and check its battery range in advance of a trip.

  • Giant Group’s net profit went up nearly 50% in 2020 amid the unprecedented bike boom.

  • Bike lanes not only make micromobility users feel safer, they actually make trips seem faster. According to a fascinating study, scooter users perceive routes with bike lanes to be 59% shorter than they actually are.

  • Ninebot’s insanely cheap A30C electric moped may be coming to the U.S. and Europe soon. Costing only $350, the A30C includes some interesting features, including full-suspension, regenerative braking, password protection for electronic key sharing, OTA updates, and more.

  • Recruiting efforts in London lend credence to recent reports that Dott, Lime, and Tier have been approved to operate scooters in the city. (An earlier version of this post identified Voi as one of the companies that was hiring in London. We regret the error.)

  • Bike trips in Bogota have almost doubled in the last decade, to 880k per day.

  • Mobility data startup Lacuna is adding Tamika L. Butler and Rashida Richardson to its board of directors.

  • Amid declining ridership, more and more transit agencies are turning to MaaS partners to handle booking, payment, and trip planning. “What we do best is transporting large volumes of people on vehicles and managing mass transit,” said Metro Transit executive director Jessica Mefford-Miller. “On the software side, there are a lot of players out there doing great stuff that can help us meet our customers where they are and make trip planning as easy as possible.”

  • British Columbia will welcome privately owned e-scooters in select cities for the first time this summer.

  • And relatedly, here is state-by-state breakdown of electric scooter laws in the U.S., updated for 2021.

  • Voi is launching a pilot with Captur in the U.K. that will allow residents to report misplaced scooters’ locations by scanning a QR code.

  • Cake has developed an ultra-silent, off-road electric motorbike to help catch poachers in Africa.

  • A novel proposal in Denver would require developers to help reduce car trips by tenants. For example, the proposal suggests that developers could offer tenants subsidized transit passes or install showers for people who bike to work.

  • After Google raised the price for transit agencies to access Google Maps by 14-15x, Boston’s MBTA migrated to OpenStreetMaps and lowered its monthly Google API costs by 90%. (Read more about why Google Maps’ moat may be evaporating.)


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Full-service last mile delivery bicycles.

Problem

Last-mile deliveries account for up to 30% of global CO2 emissions.

Solution

We offer delivery companies and couriers full-service subscriptions to delivery vehicles such as e-bikes, cargo bikes, and electric mopeds. Besides the hardware, our offer includes regular maintenance, insurance, and a fleet management dashboard to track performance.

How do you know it’s a problem?

Over 50% of all last-mile deliveries could be operated by light electric vehicles. But due to high costs of ownership (acquisition costs of up to $15k and maintenance costs of ca. $80/month), the adoption rate is still very low.

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