Sharing supplier OKAI makes its first consumer e-bike

April 13, 2022

OKAI, a Chinese multinational that has built its reputation as one of the largest e-scooter and e-bike sharing service providers, launches its first consumer-oriented e-bike: the OKAI Stride. The company, with production facilities in Jinhua, Zhejiang and European headquarters in Berlin, is best known as the supplier of e-bikes to big sharing platforms like Lime […]

Netherlands: 18% more seriously injured due to e-bike?

April 12, 2022

The number of seriously injured traffic victims in the Netherlands has increased spectacularly (+18%) in the last ten years. In 2021, 110 000 Dutch traffic victims ended up in Intensive Care; 66 600 of them had serious injuries, mainly caused by bicycle accidents. One out of three (44%) were cyclists aged 55 or older, followed […]

Ghent to triple its offer of shared (e-)bikes to almost 1.500

April 08, 2022

The city of Ghent will soon welcome two additional shared bicycle platforms bringing the total number of available (e-)bikes to 1 450. That is what Filip Watteeuw (Groen), Ghent Alderman for Mobility, announced on Thursday. Unlike Antwerp (Velo) and Brussels (Villo), Ghent doesn’t have a traditional bike-sharing system with its ‘own stations’. According to Watteeuw, […]

Belgium will not reduce VAT on bicycles to 6% after all

April 07, 2022

The VAT on bicycles and e-bikes will not be reduced to 6% in Belgium, according to a Royal Decree published in the Belgian Official Journal on Wednesday. Instead, the government now wants to use the reserved budget of 80 million euros for alternative mobility policies to promote cycling in commuting. The House had unanimously approved […]

Gazelle opens first e-bike test center in Belgium

April 05, 2022

On March 31st, Dutch bicycle giant Royal Gazelle has opened its first e-bike test center in Belgium, on the Mechelsesteenweg in Rumst between Antwerp and Mechelen. Potential clients can test all e-bikes of the Dutch manufacturer on an indoor and outdoor track before being ordered in a local bike store. Gazelle, owned by Pon Holdings, […]

Kymco: battery swapping stations incorporated into streetlights

April 04, 2022

Taiwan’s biggest motorbike, scooter, and quad manufacturer Kymco has launched a concept to offer cities a backup power solution for the most crucial traffic lights and street lights in case of grid power failure: integrated scooter battery swapping stations. By incorporating an Ionex swap station into urban street lights and traffic lights, eventually charged by […]

Belgian government frees up €240 million for cycling commuter

April 04, 2022

The Belgian government will be releasing 240 million euros to promote commuting by bicycle in the coming years. This was decided during the budget review, says Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo). In addition, the government will also release 30 million euros to ease the transport cost of employees. And last but not least, public […]

D’Ieteren buys itself into B2B bicycle leasing with Joule

April 01, 2022

D’Ieteren is buying itself into the profitable B2B bicycle leasing market through its Lab Box daughter, investing one million euros to gain a majority part in Belgian Joule. This Ghent-based start-up, founded in 2018, offers full bicycle fleet leasing for companies and governments with a portfolio of some 20 different brands. In that arena, D’Ieteren […]

Bike manufacturers Ellio and Ahooga are joining forces

March 29, 2022

Two Belgian bike manufacturers, Ellio and Ahooga, are joining forces. The first is a small start-up from Louvain producing a two-wheel-drive speed-pedelec; the second is a more extensive and somewhat older Brussels (Uccle) start-up building electric city bikes. Today, they’re launching a joint project, a speed-pedelec from Ellio with the hipster design touch from Ahooga. […]

Bicycle brand Cowboy lures investors with… heavy losses

March 25, 2022

Amid a successful crowdfunding campaign, it came to light that Belgian bicycle manufacturer Cowboy booked a considerable loss last year, exceeding its turnover. The financial results were published in documents the company made available to possible investors from a crowdfunding round. According to the preliminary figures, the net loss in 2020 doubled from 11,7 million […]

Peeters kicks off new campaign to get people biking

March 21, 2022

Last weekend, Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), and the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Science (Vlaamse Stichting Verkeerskunde, VSV) launched a new campaign to get more people on the bicycle. “Especially for short-distance trips,” she added. She gave the kick-off in Oudenaarde (East of Flanders). One of the figureheads of the campaign is […]

E-scooters forbidden for minors under 16

March 17, 2022

The die is cast. The Ministers of Mobility of the different Belgian governments have finally decided to ban e-scooters from the footway. From now on, they have to ride on the bike-way, just like in many other European countries. Furthermore, all those younger than 16 are no longer allowed to ride an e-scooter on public […]

Cowboy aims at 75 000 bikes by 2024

March 15, 2022

The Belgian electric and connected bicycle start-up Cowboy aims high for its future. After having already raised $ 80 million in January and more than € 4,5 million through their last crowdfunding, the company is back at it with a new participative financing solution. With that new crowdfunding and the additional financing, Cowboy aims at […]

For first time Dutch buy more e-bikes than classic ones

March 11, 2022

Last year, the sales of bicycles in the Netherlands decreased significantly (-16%) due to continuous supply problems. The sales of e-bikes, however, increased. According to sector organization Bovag and RAI Association, more than half of all bicycles (52%) sold in 2021 were e-bikes. It’s the first time the e-bike seems to be more popular than […]

Tier acquires Ford daughter Spin to become world’s largest

March 04, 2022

On Wednesday, Tier Mobility, Europe’s leading shared mobility provider, announced its acquisition of Ford’s subsidiary Spin, which specialized in shared electric bikes and scooters. Through this acquisition, Tier expands into North America, becoming the largest multimodal micro-mobility operator globally in terms of number of cities and vehicles. The purchase price or other financial information about […]

‘58% fewer road deaths in Brussels due to 30 kph limit’

February 22, 2022

Brussels Minister of Mobility, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen), is happy with the results of the latest traffic safety barometer of traffic safety institute Vias. The number of road deaths in Brussels went down from 14 to 6, while Flanders registered an increase of 18%. “The ‘City 30′ project (30 kph speed limit in Brussels) […]

Porsche gearing up in becoming e-bike specialist

February 11, 2022

Porsche AG has announced two strategic partnerships in the fast-growing market of e-bikes. The sports car manufacturer has acquired Fazua, a German manufacturer of electric drivetrains for cycles, and concluded two joint ventures with Dutch Ponooc. With the latter, it wants to build e-Bikes, on one hand, and develop technological solutions for micro-mobility, on the […]

Vias: 20% of Belgians use an e-bike now

February 07, 2022

Soft mobility has gained new followers over the past year, thanks to the e-bike, now used by 20% of the Belgian population. That is what the latest Vias Institute barometer says. The use of the car is decreasing in Wallonia and Brussels. In Wallonia from 81 to 76%, in Brussels from 63 to 57%. Flanders […]

Ghent start-up Taito presents three-wheeler e-scooter

February 01, 2022

A young Ghent startup, called Taito Mobility, is launching what it calls a much more stable and safer three-wheeler e-scooter via a pre-sale on crowdfunding-platform Indiegogo. The design features three larger 10-inch wheels and tires, a patented suspension system, and a hovering bamboo platform on a sturdy marine-grade stainless steel frame. It has a front, […]

Liège wants more bicycle parking spots

January 28, 2022

This year, Alderman for Mobility in Liège, Gilles Foret (MR), is planning an awareness campaign for the private sector regarding secure bicycle parking facilities. He aims to push companies to swap parking spots reserved for cars to ones for bicycles. The TEC is also pushing for bicycle facilities. This Thursday, the Walloon transport company announced […]

For second consecutive year e-bikes outsell EVs in US

January 27, 2022

With 790 000 – mainly imported – e-bicycles sold, compared to 652 000 electric cars, the most popular electric vehicle in the United States has two wheels, headlines. EV sales (BEV and PHEV) more than doubled from 296 000 in 2020. But e-bike sales almost did the same compared to the 463 000 of […]

Belgian e-bike manufacturer Cowboy raises $80 million

January 27, 2022

Belgian e-bike manufacturer Cowboy has raised 80 million dollars (or some 70,9 million euros) from various investors. The money is to be used for investment in product design, to scale up the production process, and additional services, such as on-demand services and a digital bike coach. This is what the manufacturer reports in a press […]

Dutch bicycle giant Accell ending up in American hands

January 25, 2022

On Monday, the American investment company KKR made a take-over bid of 1,56 billion euros for the Accell Group the Dutch owner of bicycle brands like Raleigh, Sparta, Koga, Babboe, Haibike, Winora, Ghost, Batavus, Lapierre, and Carqon. The KKR consortium, a group of investors, will give the Dutch bicycle manufacturer a strong financial boost, which […]

Brussels Region gets its own bicycle junction network

January 19, 2022

The Brussels Region will soon get its own bicycle junction network. That is what the Brussels Minister for Mobility, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen), confirmed on Tuesday in the competent commission at the Parliament. Since the coronavirus outbreak, the Brussels Region has seen an 87% increase in cyclists’ numbers. “Cycling is getting more and more […]

Brussels Region inaugurates missing link in canal cycle route

January 18, 2022

On Monday, the Brussels Region inaugurated a 1 200-meter section of the canal cycle route or ‘cyclostrade’ linking Brussels to Boom. On the Flemish side, work on a 5 km missing link between Vilvoorde and Grimbergen has entered its final phase. The Canal Cycle Route is part of an interregional and European network of cycle […]

Speed pedelec registrations in Belgium stagnate in 2021

January 06, 2022

The wet summer months of 2021 have had a negative impact on the registrations of speed pedelecs. In spring, however, figures were still promising. In November, the results showed a slight recurrence, but in December, hardly 731 speed pedelecs were registered in Belgium, 13,16% less than in 2020. These are the conclusions of mobility federation […]

Yamaha working on two fully electric scooters

December 28, 2021

Yamaha will launch two fully electric scooters in 2022. The concept versions were already seen on the Tokyo Motorshow back in 2019. Remarkably, the compact E02 is powered by a universal removable battery that can also be found in other scooters of Japanese origin. The E01 is a maxiscooter with a double saddle and an […]

D’Ieteren acquires eight Antwerp iBike shops

December 15, 2021

Earlier this year, Belgian car importer D’Ieteren announced that – besides car import – it would also focus on bicycle distribution and maintenance. Today, the group puts its money where its mouth is with the second major acquisition of iBikes, a group of bicycle shops in the Antwerp region. D’Ieteren has already made a significant […]

Electric Voxan Wattman sets 456 kph speed record

December 01, 2021

Italian motor racer Max Biaggi has set a new speed record at the wheel of an electric motorbike at the end of November. Venturi’s Voxan Wattman reached a top speed of no less than 456 km/hour on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US. Max Biaggi is a renowned Italian racing driver […]

Voka: ‘27% of Ghent harbor workers commute by bike’

November 25, 2021

More than a quarter (27%) of workers in the port of Ghent use their bicycles to commute. That is twice as many as the Belgian average. Compared to the first survey Voka, the Flemish employers’ organization, organized in 2008, the number of cyclists has tripled in the Ghent’s part of North Sea Port. The figures […]

Dott rolls out 2 000 e-bikes in Brussels

November 23, 2021

The French-Dutch micro-mobility operator Dott deployed its first electric bikes in the nineteen Brussels communes on Monday morning. By the end of the year, there will be 2 000 of them. “With more options, we hope to encourage people of Brussels to use an environmentally friendly way of getting around to make the city more […]

5 000 cyclists already use new VRT traffic info app

November 17, 2021

Last month, we announced that VRT, the national public-service broadcaster for the Flemish Community in Belgium, would provide cyclists with useful traffic information. In the meantime, the traffic app is operational and already 5 000 cyclists have downloaded it. The Cyclists’ Union (Fietsersbond) is happy with the response. “It shows that many people already use […]

Tier Mobility buys Nextbike

November 16, 2021

The German micro-mobility provider, Tier Mobility, based in Berlin, has bought 100% of the shares of Nextbike, based in Leipzig, and a specialist in bike-sharing. Together they create a multimodal platform offering 250 000 vehicles in some 400 cities. The new company can now offer bikes, e-bikes, cargo bikes, e-scooters, and e-mopeds in its sharing […]

New bicycle bridge over Albert Channel in Godsheide

November 02, 2021

This weekend, a new bicycle bridge is installed over the Albert Channel at the locks in Godsheide. The new bridge is part of the Limburg bicycle highway and an essential element of the channel route. This route connects Ham with Maastricht (F72) and Maastricht with Antwerp (F5) over an 80 km haul. Earlier, the new […]

Ducati to be single manufacturer for MotoE GP but has no e-bike

October 22, 2021

As announced earlier this week that Energica would end its contract as the exclusive manufacturer for the MotoE, the all-electric racing class of the MotoGP World Championship, speculation began about who would fill the gap. Mystery solved. As of 2023, Ducati will step in and provide the zero-emission racing bikes for the championship. The deal […]

VRT radio provides cyclist traffic bulletin

October 20, 2021

From now on, VRT, the national public-service broadcaster for the Flemish Community in Belgium, will provide cyclists with useful traffic information. Broadcasters Radio 1, Radio 2, MNM, and Studio Brussel will inform bike riders about a fallen tree blocking the bikeway, road works, deviations… So, cyclists ‘d better listen to the radio before setting out […]

New bikeway in front of Belgian Parliament inaugurated

October 20, 2021

On Tuesday, a Flemish and local government delegation has inaugurated the new, yellow-colored bikeway in the Brussels Wetstraat/Rue de la Loi, in front of the Parliament and the Prime Minister’s residence. On the occasion of the official opening, Mobility Minister Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo), the Minister of Internal Affairs Annelies Verlinden (CD&V), Brussels Mayor Philippe Close […]

Brussels: 155 parking places to be replaced by bicycle brackets

October 19, 2021

Brussels Mobility wants to deal with cars parked next to crossings and blocking drivers’ and pedestrians’ views. So, 155 parking places will be replaced by some thousand bicycle brackets. They should improve visibility for all road users and increase traffic safety. Crossing-places are dangerous and take a heavy toll annually in the city. Every year, […]

Dutch Pon.Bike now world’s largest bicycle manufacturer

October 12, 2021

Dutch Pon.Bike, the bicycle manufacturer of Gazelle and Cervélo bikes and part of Pon Holding, will take over the American Dorel Sports for 810 million dollars. The latter produces Cannondale bicycles, Schwinn, and brands like GT, Mongoose, Caloi, and IronHorse. It will give Pon.Bike extended access to the US, Canadian, and South American markets. The […]

Solex moped reborn as an e-bike

October 11, 2021

In 1946, the first Solex revolutionized the world of mopeds with its bicycle-base and trimmed, peppy engine on the front wheel. Seventy-five years later, the symbolic French bike is born again, this time as a trendy electric bicycle. The ‘Intemporel’ range even harks back to the original moped, but it’s now equipped with a Bosch […]

TRAXIO: ‘Sales of speed pedelecs 15% down this (wet) summer’

October 07, 2021

The number of newly registered speed pedelecs in Belgium decreased by 15%. According to car federation TRAXIO, sales figures from June plunged after a strong start in spring, and the statistics for September even got into the red. Do we see the impact of a highly wet summer, or is the market getting saturated? Last […]

D’Ieteren is going to sell and repair bikes

October 05, 2021

Car importer and services group D’Ieteren has advanced plans to build a network of bicycle shops across Belgium. The projects are part of a process in which the company is shifting its focus from a car company to a “mobility provider”, says spokesperson Jean-Marc Ponteville. The official decision will be made in a few days. […]

31% of Flemish e-bike-riders cover more than 50 km a week

September 30, 2021

The e-bike has been generally adopted in Flanders, but now it’s becoming popular in Brussels and Wallonia too, traffic safety institute Vias noticed in a general survey, conducted with a representative sample of Belgian e-bike riders. The electric bicycle is gaining popularity year after year. First, the ‘hype’ was mainly seen in Flanders, but now […]

Janssen Pharma rewarded as golden cycle-friendly employer

September 24, 2021

The Flemish Bikers’ Confederation (Fietsersbond) has awarded the pharmaceutical company Janssen the ‘Cycle Friendly Employer Certificate’. The site in Beerse is the first employer in Belgium to receive the golden reward. The Cycle Friendly Employer Certificate was developed to establish a European standard for cycle-friendly companies. Together, CFE and Fietsersbond want to stimulate a cycle-friendly […]

Belgian Cowboy wants to conquer American market

September 24, 2021

Cowboy, the Belgian brand of trendy, urban e-bikes, is planning to conquer the United States. The company presented its ambitious plans on Thursday during the Micromobility Conference in San Fransisco. Cowboy will also expand its activities further in Europe, to Sweden and Denmark, for instance. Corona has given the fast-growing market for electric bicycles a […]

SD Worx: ‘One-third fewer cycling commuters in 2021’

September 22, 2021

This year, the number of commuters with a bicycle compensation decreased from 22% to 14% compared to last year (2020) and pre-corona (2019). The decline is most striking among employees who often were forced to work from home. The number of workers increased slightly. The figures were revealed by the largest, Belgian, human resources service […]

Wallonia: five cycling highways to join Brussels and Flanders

September 21, 2021

With cycling growing in popularity, pushed by the revolution of electric bikes, the Walloon government is preparing five major bicycle highways. The aim is to join those already existing in Flanders and Brussels to give quick and safe access to the capital. Wallonia wishes to push for cycling as a mode of transport and increase […]

ALD: ‘More and more Dutch 45+ professionals commute by bike’

September 14, 2021

For the second time in a row, leasing company ALD Automotive organized a survey to analyze bicycle use among Dutch professionals. The conclusion is clear and encouraging: more and more Dutch commuters go to work by bike. Apparently, the corona crisis has accelerated the process. In 2020, 46% of Dutch working people used the bike […]

Only 4% of Belgian employees have a mobility budget

September 09, 2021

Only 4% of Belgian employees currently receive a mobility budget from their employer. These are the results of a survey held by HR service provider Securex among more than 1 500 employees in May. A quarter of the employees who have a company car say they are ready to exchange it for a mobility budget, […]

Motorbike or bicycle? BMW reinvents two-wheeler with Amby

September 08, 2021

At the IAA in Münich, BMW doesn’t fail to meet the middle name ‘Mobility’ that the show carries. The German car brand and its motorbike department Motorrad both showed their take on the future for two-wheelers. And that’s apart from the Concept CE2 that toes the line between a scooter and a motorbike. So yes, […]

Cargo-bikes in Brussels get incentive of 4 000 euros

September 08, 2021

The chances are that cargo bikes will become a much more common sight in Brussels and its surroundings. This is because the region of Brussels has launched the Cairgo Bike fee. Companies that chose a cargo bike, or a bike trailer, can benefit from a fee of several thousands of euros. For cargo bikes, the […]

Free-floating operators diversify into retail and long-term renting

September 06, 2021

Hit by the pandemic and still searching for a profitable business model, free-floating services seek other revenue sources. American Bird is spreading its wings by selling some of its products in addition to renting them. French Zoov-Smoove is also diversifying by a new long-term bicycle renting solution at 69 euro per month. While they weren’t […]

Bike-by-wire is here: pedaling without chain

September 01, 2021

At Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, which is opening doors today, Schaeffler will be presenting a new ‘bike-by-wire’ system called Free Drive. It’s an innovative drive system for e-bikes that dispenses with the usual chain or belt. There’s no mechanical connection between the generator and motor anymore. The new technology offers less wear, has compact dimensions, and […]

Porsche goes into two-wheelers with new brand Cyklaer

August 27, 2021

Porsche Digital is expanding its product portfolio together with bicycle manufacturer Storck. In addition, both will address new digital business models in urban mobility with their joint brand Cyklær. In addition, Porsche’s digital subsidiary is developing an e-bike together with Storck and with the help of component manufacturers Greyp and Fazua. The first Cyklaer The […]

Louvain police use ‘lure bikes’ to catch thieves

August 26, 2021

Bicycle theft is a pest in many cities, and thieves are more and more after expensive electric bikes. Now, the police in Louvain have decided to use ‘lure bikes’ to catch the thieves red-handed. This kind of theft has always been a priority of the Louvain police, and in 2020, they caught 127 thieves. Now, […]

New bicycle-highway bridges inaugurated in Limburg

August 25, 2021

The new bridges spanning the Europalaan between Dilsen-Stokkem and Opoeteren, and the Vaartstraat in Rotem were inaugurated on Tuesday. The new bridge, also serving as a wildlife crossing or ‘eco-duct’, is 60 meters long and hovers nine meters high above the valley between both municipalities. Construction works on the new bridges for the F751 bicycle […]

Lease bikes gain popularity too

August 18, 2021

Bicycles are gaining in popularity, and by now, almost half of all new bicycles sold are electrically assisted. Moreover, since e-bikes are increasingly used for commuting, it is fiscally interesting for many users to lease the bicycle instead of buying it privately. In 2020, almost 600 000 new bicycles were sold in Belgium, increasing by […]

Bovag: ‘Dutch cycle less but cover more recreational kilometers’

August 11, 2021

In 2020, Dutch citizens covered an average of 254 km for recreational purposes or more than 30% more than in 2019 (195 km). That is what Bovag, the Dutch union of car dealers and garage owners, noticed after analyzing figures from CBS (the Central Bureau of Statistics). However, the total use of the bicycle decreased […]

Flanders: highest number of traffic deaths since 2016

August 09, 2021

In the first six months of this year, 109 people died in traffic accidents in Flanders. That is almost a quarter more than in the same period of 2020 (88 deaths). Moreover, this is the highest traffic toll since 2016. The corona crisis obviously makes this period very exceptional. Still, in general, in the other […]

Brekr kick-starts Dutch electric moped tradition

August 02, 2021

Dutch start-up Brekr, the specialist in electric mopeds, has just received a capital injection from Bloomit Ventures that will allow the young moped manufacturer to tap into numerous European markets quickly. Brekr launched its first moped, the Model B, on the Dutch market last year, but the moped is now also available in Germany and […]