Brussels offers commuters free P+R car parks and bike sharing

May 18, 2020

Several peripheral car parks in Brussels will become free of charge as of Monday, 18 May. Commuters will also receive a free six-month subscription to pedal with a shared bike to their destination. With this Park + Bike initiative, the Brussels government wants to avoid the overwhelming use of public transport during the reopening of […]

Flanders: ‘sustainable mobility toolbox’ to keep on cycling

May 15, 2020

Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), has put together a ‘toolbox on sustainable mobility’. Together with the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Science, Fietsberaad Vlaanderen, and the Pedestrian Movement, she also launched the campaign #blijvenfietsen (All keep cycling). The aim is to encourage the Flemish people to continue cycling during the […]

Billy Bike: crowdfunding to become ‘real public transport’

May 15, 2020

Brussels-based shared electric bicycle operator, Billy Bike, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Thursday to assists its growth. In only a few hours, 100 000 euros has been raised. The company, planning the launch in a second Belgian city next year, wishes to become a real public transport but for shared mobility. “Having thousands of […]

eRockit is marriage between electric bicycle and motorbike

May 15, 2020

Imagine a combination of a high-speed pedelec and a small motorbike: enter the eRockit. eRockit Systems GmbH is a small, Berlin-based manufacturer producing a small electric motorcycle that drives like a (fast) bicycle. An eRockit driver doesn’t control its speed with a throttle, but with its pedals. Therefore, it wants to be intuitive and easy […]

‘Car traffic halved but just as many casualties on Dutch roads’

May 14, 2020

Although the number of cars on the Dutch roads has halved since the lockdown, the number of traffic deaths hardly went down. The actual accidents also are more serious and make more victims, mostly among cyclists. According to figures from the police and traffic institute Via, there are 14% more injured cases. Weekend accidents The […]

Cycle Valley introduces short-term leased company bike

May 13, 2020

Now that employers are busy redefining safe working and commuting due to the coronavirus, Dilbeek-based start-up Cycle Valley is making a fleet of more than 170 electric bicycles immediately available for short-term rental. A sector’s first. Interest for bicycle leasing As for most start-ups, the corona crisis for Cycle Valley came unexpected and inconvenient. “We […]

Cake motorcycles to share showrooms with Polestar

May 13, 2020

Cake is a Swedish manufacturer of light electric motorcycles, and Polestar, the electric car brand of Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding, today announced an extensive brand partnership to demonstrate Cake’s electric motorcycles in Polestar’s showrooms in Europe, to begin with. Lightweight cross motorbikes Cake makes electric mopeds (from 6 500 euros) and motocross […]

‘20% of Dutch will swap public transport for virus-free car’

May 12, 2020

Twenty percent of passengers will no longer use public transport when the corona measures will be further lifted. Among these former public transport users, 63% prefer to switch to a ‘virus-free’ private car, 18% opts for the bicycle, 1% for the motorbike. Twenty-six percent of interviewees say they will continue teleworking after the crisis. These […]

Rome is getting ready for bikes, Romans surely not

May 11, 2020

Romans think cycling is heavy, dangerous, slow, and unhandy. But they’ll have to put up with it. The city government uses the corona crisis to make way for the bicycle. Even before the schools reopen in September, there should be 150 km of new cycle paths in the Italian capital. Life-threatening Cycling is an absolute […]

‘Bicycle sales halves in lockdown, Cowboy booms’

May 11, 2020

Sales of bicycles in Belgium have decreased by 50 to 70% since the lockdown. That is the conclusion of car and bicycle service federation Traxio. Online sales, however, have grown. Since the lockdown, sales of speed pedelecs almost halved (-48,4%) compared to the same period in 2019. The number of units went down from 1 […]

After-lockdown period to boost e-scooters’ popularity

April 30, 2020

According to experts and shared-mobility companies, e-scooters are said to become the go-to mobility solution in the city when the lockdown measures are lifted. These machines allow citizens to move about without worrying about social distancing, plus they can use the new converted cycling paths. When the lockdown finally lifts, cities and their inhabitants will […]

10% more cyclists than in the pre-corona era

April 30, 2020

Today, there are 10% more cyclists than in the pre-corona era, while the number of trucks and cars has halved. Since the reopening of the garden centers, the number of cars has increased slightly. But what if our mobility will never be the same as before? Cities are trying to maintain this temporary sustainability momentum […]

Crisis pushes fashion city Milan to become ‘cycling city’

April 22, 2020

The coronavirus may make Milan look more like a Dutch city. The city council wants to speed up building 35 kilometers of new cycle paths in the town to prevent Milan from flooding with cars. Post-corona “We can’t have overcrowded subways and buses anymore. We have to respect social distancing, and we need to provide […]

Post-corona era to redefine entire mobility sector

April 20, 2020

Bicycles are a popular way to get around during the corona crisis. Many expect this to continue even after the measures have been lifted. A number of cities also want to adapt their infrastructure to stimulate cycling and to slow down post-corona revival of car usage. Incidentally, the corona crisis is affecting the entire mobility […]

Unfair competition in bike trade: Traxio sounds alarm bell

April 17, 2020

A gradual restarting of business after the lockdown will inevitably create problems. Sector federation Traxio, for example, is sounding the alarm bell. The whole specialized bike trade is suffering from unfair competition from supermarkets and do-it-yourself businesses. “Bike shops have to stay closed, but do-it-yourself businesses and supermarkets are open and sell bikes at a […]

Corona: sharing economy on hardest trial ever

April 14, 2020

Numerous platforms of the sharing economy are struggling due to the corona crisis. At the same, however, the crisis shows the power of their business model. Question is how soon consumers will ‘forget’ about the bacteriophobia when it comes to shared means of transport. The sharing economy is based on the principle that you don’t […]

Corona: bicycle shops want to relax measures

April 08, 2020

Traxio, the professional association of the automobile trade, which also has a department dealing with two-wheeled vehicles, is asking the Belgian government to relax the rules on the sale and delivery of bicycles. The sector is up to its neck in difficulties because of stagnant sales and large stocks, it says in a press release. […]

e-bike 2.0 gets automatic gearbox

April 02, 2020

The e-bike market has been growing steadily for years. The market represented 9 million units last year. That is why the Belgian company E2 Drives also focuses on this growth market by developing innovative technology with an automatic gearbox. Interesting technology E2, founded by Arthur Deleval and Simon Godfrind, tries to position itself in the […]

Bicycle sector counts on tail wind after corona crisis

March 25, 2020

Since last week, bicycle stores are only allowed to do urgent reparations. Still, the sector hopes that the corona crisis will increase the popularity of the bike. Contamination Since the corona outbreak, the few people in the streets go on foot or use the bicycle for their necessary trips. Trains and buses are almost empty. […]

Irish Saigon e-bike enters Belgian Cowboy territory

March 20, 2020

Irish bicycle start-up, Modmo, has announced the production of its first e-bike, the Saigon. Similar to competitors like the Belgian Cowboy bikes, Modmo’s creation is electric, app-driven, and sold online. Presales have started with delivery expected in September 2020. With the Saigon, Modmo claims to have designed ‘the bike that will replace your car for […]

Clean scooters for the city: Qooder QVe

March 17, 2020

On Tuesday, the Swiss scooter brand Qooder shows its electrically powered versions based on the existing range of two or three-wheeled scooters. The manufacturer responds to the needs of the commuter. The latter is looking for a zero-emission scooter that performs neatly and doesn’t shy away from a piece of ring road or highway. Electric […]

Belcar owner Beerens jumps on the e-bike

March 16, 2020

Erwin Beerens, CEO and principal owner of the Antwerp Beerens Groep, and automotive service provider, Belcar, is going to jump on the e-bike. The man, who once suffered a heart attack while climbing the Mont Ventoux as a touring cyclist, wants to throw himself on the bicycle market now. That market in Belgium is good […]

Will cargo bikes replace vans in Brussels?

March 13, 2020

Cargo bicycles are gaining interest in the eye of the authorities, especially for last-mile deliveries. With a delivery sector expected to continue to grow, cargo bikes are a small, practical, go-anywhere and, more importantly, green alternative to vans and trucks. Cities all around the world are facing a dilemma. On the one hand, they want […]

E-bikes more popular to steel

March 11, 2020

In 2019, almost 40% more electric bikes were stolen in the Netherlands. This is, of course, a direct consequence of the booming sales. While those bikes are also more expensive, the financial damage rose even more. “We’ve lost millions of euros extra,” says Bert Gelling from ANWB, the biggest bike insurer. Last year, 420 000 […]

Citroën launches Ami, an electric four-wheel ‘people mover’

February 28, 2020

On Thursday, PSA-daughter Citroën launched Ami, the production version of Ami One, a prototype it showed in Geneva last year. The manufacturer doesn’t like you to call it a car; it’s a ‘moving object able to transport two people in an urban environment’. At Citroën, they describe their Ami as ‘disruptive urban mobility’. It’s small; […]

Netherlands: sales of e-bikes crushes all records

February 28, 2020

The e-bicycle is the goose that lays the golden eggs for the Dutch cycling sector. In 2019 alone, a record number of 420 000 new e-bikes were sold in the Netherlands. In the meantime, pedal-assisted bikes represent 70% of the total sales in bicycle shops. Belgium is the European front runner when it comes to […]

Montreal forbids shared e-scooters

February 21, 2020

Montreal has ended a pilot project with 680 shared electric e-scooters. The city cites the lack of respect of users for the regulations as the reason for the ban. Montreal didn’t have any fatal or serious accidents with the scooters. However, only 20% of them were parked in dedicated areas. There were 110 reports of […]

40% of speed pedelecs are leased by companies

February 13, 2020

Of the almost 30 000 speed pedelecs registered in Belgium, 40% are leased bicycles. This is apparent from figures collected by CD&V MP, Jef Van den Bergh. In Wallonia, the super-fast e-bikes with pedal assistance up to 45 km/hour have a harder time to breakthrough. All in all, Belgium has 29 725 speed pedelecs, and […]

More Brussels citizens choose cycling

February 10, 2020

The latest study from the Bicycle Observatory notes that the share of cycling in Brussels has increased by 8,9% between 2018 and 2019. Electrically assisted bike usage is also growing, especially for the daily work-to-home commute where they accounted for a fifth of all bikes last year. Whatever its form, the bicycle is getting more […]

Going electric to solve LEZ scooter pollution problem

February 07, 2020

The Flemish government no longer wants to admit polluting mopeds and scooters to the low-emission zones (LEZ) of, for example, Ghent and Antwerp. But the problem is that it doesn’t know how to realize this, as there is no inventory of the environmental performance of these vehicles. In recent years, moped owners have been forced […]

Maps for estimating bicycle travel times in Ghent

January 31, 2020

The Ghent blogger and cycling enthusiast Dries Robberechts has created a map of Ghent that shows the travel time between various locations. The maps, taken from Google maps, allows the user to calculate what his time savings will be if he travels the route by bicycle instead of by car. With this project, Robbrechts follows […]

E-scooter provider Dott plans to launch e-bikes in Brussels

January 29, 2020

Dott is one of the key players of shared electric scooters in Brussels. The organization also wants to expand its activities to Antwerp and will offer shared e-bikes by the summer. With the recently launched Dott, the Belgian capital already has six shared scooter platforms. 2 million kilometers Dott has been active in Brussels for […]

Mechelen introduces first shared cargo e-bikes

January 27, 2020

The city of Mechelen is planning to introduce a shared cargo bike platform by the end of this year. The first two e-models were launched on Saturday for a test ride at the presentation of a regional vegetal garden on the median strip. Mobility solution The Cargoroo bikes, as they are called, will be parked […]

‘More Belgians than Dutch commute by leased bike’

January 20, 2020

The Belgian bicycle show Velofollies that opened its doors on Friday for the public is drawing the attention of the Dutch. Especially the leased ‘company’ bike is an eye-catcher for our northern neighbors. ‘Bicycle country’ “Although The Netherlands has a reputation as ‘bicycle country’, more Belgians are commuting by a leased company bike,” said Ilse […]

Belgian new ‘composite bicycle frame’ start-up gets big contract

January 17, 2020

The start-up Rein4ced, which specializes in the automated production of composite bicycle frames, will build frames for the bicycle giant Accell Group. Every year, the Dutch Accell Group sells more than 1 million bikes. The best-known brands in its portfolio are Batavus, Koga, Raleigh, Lapierre, and Ghost. For five years, Rein4ced worked on a new […]

Velofollies: ‘More e-bikes cause more accidents on Belgian roads’

January 14, 2020

The number of speed pedelecs on the Belgian roads increased significantly in 2019. More and more people consider the fast-riding bikes an alternative for their second car. According to the service for vehicle registrations (Dienst voor Inschrijvingen Voertuigen, DIV), last year, 13.416 speed pedelecs were registered or 40% more than the year before (9.364). In […]

Mobco’s goal of replacing 20% of car km by e-scooter failed

January 02, 2020

Last year, the IT company Mobco in Dilbeek (Brussels, Belgium) offered its employees an original Christmas present: those who already drove a company car were given an e-scooter on top. The compact two-wheelers were part of a smart ‘combi mobility plan’, and were intended to stimulate the owners to use public transport more often. ‘The […]