No, pogo-sticks are not the new e-scooters

This week, Vancouver leads North America in biking, Jump debuts a tough new scooter, and that pogo-stick startup from Sweden is (probably) just a marketing stunt, but first…

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What You Need to Know This Week

  • It’s official: Bird is acquiring Scoot, paving the way for the company to operate on-demand scooter service in San Francisco and Barcelona. | TechCrunch

  • Ten companies have been selected to take part in Chicago’s four-month e-scooter pilot: Bird, Bolt, gruv, Jump, Lime, Lyft, Sherpa, Spin, VeoRide and Wheels. | Chicago Tribune

  • Remember that viral pogo-stick-sharing startup from Sweden? Turns out its founder is an ad guy who specializes in stealthy earned-media campaigns. (FWIW, he insists the bounce-based mobility company, which is called Cangoroo, is the real deal.) | FastCo

  • Could driverless vehicles make cities more congested? A new university study from Switzerland finds that their ease and flexibility might actually encourage people to travel more miles by car. | SwissInfo

  • Dropping the Ford GoBike branding, Lyft has renamed its Bay Area bike-share program Bay Wheels and launched a distinctive-looking pink-wheeled e-bike. | Engadget

  • Uber unveiled a new edition of the Jump e-scooter that is heavier, more durable, and better at braking. | The Verge

  • A short doc shows how Amsterdam is able to eliminate 1,500 parking spots a year without controversy. | CityLab

  • Paris is considering a raft of new restrictions on scooter-sharing, including culling the total number of operators from 12 to two or three. | TechCrunch

  • As part of its plan to sell one million battery-electric and fuel-cell cars by 2025, Toyota is partnering with Subaru on a new electric vehicle platform. The automaker also shared designs for a trio of LEVs. | Jalopnik

  • In Vancouver B.C., the number of people who commute to work by bike has almost doubled in five years, making the city the North American leader. | FastCo

  • An entrepreneur is donating 10,000 discarded Chinese bike-share bikes to schoolchildren in Myanmar. | TechCrunch

  • A new report confirms there is a glitch with the Segway Ninebot ES4, a popular e-scooter with fleet operators, that allows it to exceed local speed limits. Another vehicle that famously experiences this problem is the car. | Consumer Reports


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