Transportation

Sea Otter 2018: Brands return after absence; e-MTBs make their mark

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Sea Otter Classic opened Thursday with an expo that includes more than 500 booths representing nearly 900 brands and covering 165,000 square feet of space at Laguna Seca Raceway

City governments struggle as bike sharing upsets traditional transportation models

MONTEREY, Calif.

Bike Expo New York moves to new venue

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Less than a month before the event, Bike New York has announced that it will move Bike Expo New York to Pier 12 in Brooklyn. Due to unexpected maintenance, the nonprofit was unable to obtain a permit to hold the event at Basketball City, where the event has taken place for the last six years. The event is May 4-5

Uber acquires Jump, a dockless e-bike share company

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Ride share company Uber has purchased Jump, which operates dockless e-bike share programs in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Uber had announced earlier this year that its users could reserve Jump e-bikes using the Uber app in San Francisco.   The purchase price was not disclosed, although TechCrunch said it may have been close to $200 million.

New York City to allow pedal-assist e-bikes, bans throttled bikes

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced that the city will allow use of pedal-assist e-bikes, but will continue to ban throttled e-bikes that are capable of speeds above 20 mph.  The state of New York does not regulate e-bikes, which remain technically illegal to use in the state, although legislation is pending in Albany. Last year de Blasio launched a campaign to crack down on e-bikes in the city, particularly throttled bikes used by delivery workers. But now he said he has instructed the city transportation department to begin the rule making process to allow pedal assist bikes

Omnibus spending package preserves funding for some bike-friendly projects

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The $1.2 trillion omnibus spending package that President Donald Trump signed Friday contained some good news for bike advocates, despite their concerns that Trump’s proposed budget would gut some of the programs.  The package includes $1.5 billion in funding for the  Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER)  Program, which Trump’s budget would have eliminated.  TIGER funds multimodal transportation projects including programs that integrate bikes into the transportation system.  “PeopleForBikes has been advocating for TIGER funding for years, and we are thrilled to see these funds in the omnibus,” said Jenn Dice, PeopleForBikes’ vice president of business network. “TIGER funding has been a key focus of our industry fly-ins for the entirety of the program

Eight programs receive grants for equitable bike share and related research

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Better Bike Share Partnership has awarded more than $410,000 in grants to help increase access to bike share in communities of color, and to fund research related to bike share and equity

Shootouts, Seminars, Happy Hours, After Hours and more: Interbike events calendar for Tuesday and Wednesday

A calendar of events for Tuesday and Wednesday at the OutDoor Demo and Interbike Expo.  Tuesday, Sept.

PeopleForBikes arranges for Congress members to visit bike industry

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — In August during the Congressional recess, PeopleForBikes arranged for 19 meetings in 11 states between retailers and other members of the bike industry and Congress members and their staff.  The visits were part of the organization’s summer campaign designed to showcase the economic impact of bike businesses.

Specialized celebrates opening of four new ‘Innovation Centers’

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — This year Specialized will open four new facilities, in three countries, each devoted to innovation, the company said.