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Old 03-03-2020, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1 in 6 Belgians use an electric bike




Now, that's EV market penetration! And healthy growth:


2017 - 10%
2018 - 13%
2019 - 16%


The number is not current quarter or annual sales, but actual full-fleet numbers.

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Moreover, the survey revealed that 54% of cyclists involved in an accident during weekend nights were under the influence.
(That's cyclists in total, not specifically about e-bike riders.)


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Old 03-09-2020, 02:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've been seriously tempted to move somewhere with better infrastructure for alternative transportation. It's hard to ride an ebike safely when there are no bike lanes.
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Old 05-09-2020, 08:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Moreover, the survey revealed that 54% of cyclists involved in an accident during weekend nights were under the influence.

(That's cyclists in total, not specifically about e-bike riders.)


It sounds like you are amazed, the article talks about the capital of beers

But yes, E-bikes are booming here, mainly for commuting. Due to major traffic jam problems and the improving infrastructure for cyclists. On the other hand, owning and driving a car is punished and cycling is financially rewarded. For instance: my total daily commute is 14 miles and I get $ 5 for that. That's $ 120 a month, untaxed, plus what I save by not taking the car. The population is getting convinced.
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You are paid to ride your bike! That's amazing. How is it monitored for compliance?

Electric assist or regular?
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You are paid to ride your bike! That's amazing. How is it monitored for compliance?

Electric assist or regular?
I have a regular bike, it's not a great distance and it is almost flat.

It is difficult to control, it is mainly based on trust and good will. You have to promise it in a contract.

Most workplaces or companies have barriers for cars so you have to badge in to get in. If not, you receive a badge to park your bike in a secure garage. That way it can be monitored a bit. But you could put your bicycle in your car, park the car somewhere else and only cycle the last mile to your work. So when your commute is 40 miles a day you have a big cheque and the end of the month. But that is also quite a hassle, if you can keep that up without being seen.
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It sounds like you are amazed, the article talks about the capital of beers
I guess it might be harder to get in trouble pedalling while drunk than driving while drunk
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The corona virus seems to have a strong positive effect on the number of bicycle trips.

In many city's in Belgium and Brussels in particular, cars are now loosing priority.



https://www.brusselstimes.com/brusse...ockdown-lifts/

Good that this change was initiated by the lock down. People have realized that things can be done differently.
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That's awesome!

I personaly also commute with an EV-bike. Useful since there is a 350m height difference between home and office
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People have realized that things can be done differently.
Sure, but it becomes a matter of concern once cars are portrayed as somewhat "evil".

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