The Twike is a little-known human-powered electric hybrid vehicle that's been in production for decades in Europe. It's a Gas 2 favorite. It's an Automotive X-Prize challenger. Now, the Twike HPEV (human-powered electric vehicle) can add another line to its already impressive CV: Playboy model. The article itself is light on Twike details, but heavy on California ammbiance. … [Read more...] about Twike HPEV Shows Up in Playboy Magazine (Possibly NSFW)
For a country with only 5,000,000 inhabitants, Norway is proposing to invest an incredible amount of money in upgrading its bicycle commuting infrastructure. As part of a plan announced last week, the country will invest $923 million to create 10 broad, two lane, cross country bicycle highways in and around Norway’s nine largest cities. A key component of the plan is to slash No … [Read more...] about Norway Will Invest $1 Billion In Bicycle Infrastructure
Germany has plans for a 60 mile long dedicated bicycle highway similar to its famous autobahn for motorized vehicles. When complete, the route will connect 10 western cities including Duisburg, Bochum, and Hamm, and four universities. Martin Toennes of regional development group RVR says almost two million people live within 1.2 miles of the bicycle highway and will be able to u … [Read more...] about Germany Opens First Segment Of 60 Mile Long Bicycle Highway
The pub crawl is so last century. Modern suds chuggers want to get a little exercise while they guzzle. Turns out, there's an app for that! It's called the beer bus, a pedal-powered pachyderm that lets patrons drink and drive and do it legally. Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law approving the use of beer buses on public streets. And to emphasize the … [Read more...] about Beer Bike Bill Signed By Governor Jerry Brown
On Sunday, September 27, Paris went "car free" for a day. What happened? Along the Seine in the city center, pollution levels were down by about 40%. At the busy Place de l’Opera, levels were 20% lower, according to The Guardian. Bruitparif, which measures noise, said sound levels dropped by half in the city center. And people danced and rode bikes in the middle of the famous Ch … [Read more...] about What Happened When Paris Went Car Free For A Day?
A new study of the second-largest bikesharing program in the United States has found that the deployment of the schemes in cities can significantly ameliorate urban traffic congestion. The study by Resources for the Future, entitled Bicycle Infrastructure and Traffic Congestion: Evidence from DC’S Capital Bikeshare, examined the impact of the deployment of a large-scale b … [Read more...] about Bikesharing Programs Shown To Cut Traffic Congestion
With an electronically-governed top speed of 20 MPH in its normal "Economy" mode, the Bolt M-1 motorbike is fully sidewalk legal in its home state of California. Which means that you should probably take your earbuds out if you intend to keep, you know, walking on sidewalks! Regardless of the Bolt M-1's sidewalk legality (which, by the way, is ludicrous), the electric … [Read more...] about If You Don’t Like My Riding, Stay Off the Sidewalk!
Bosch first brought its pedal-assist eBike drive unit to the mass market back in 2014. Those first units, with 300 and 400 watt power outputs, made it possible for riders to retrofit their pure pedal-powered bikes and use them to reach remote, alpine trailheads that they simply don't have the strength or stamina to reach "on their own". For 2016, Bosch has upped the power ante … [Read more...] about Bosch to Launch eBike Unit w/ 75 Lb-ft of TQ in 2016
With brush-mounted electric motors planted in the hub of each of its wheels, the UBCO 2WD electric cargo bike from New Zealand offers superior power, performance, and traction- but is really enough to redefine the way people work and play outdoors? The bike's makers- designers Anthony Clyde and Daryl Neal- certainly hope so, since redefining such-and-such is literally their … [Read more...] about 2WD Electric Cargo Bike is the Ultimate, Go-Anywhere EV
The Pininfarina electric bicycle, called the Fuoriserie, is simply stunning. While thoroughly modern in every respect, it honors the rich Pininfarina tradition of excellence earned since Battista "Pinin" Farina first founded the company in 1930. During its 84 years, Pininfarina has designed and built of some of the most memorable automobiles ever manufactured by the likes of Fe … [Read more...] about Pininfarina Brings Stunning Electric Bicycle To EICMA