Need some fresh air? The best road and off-road bikes for getting outside, running errands, and even commuting to work

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Starting at $500, these bikes will get you on the road (or trail) in no time These days, biking is an unsung hero for those trying to get some low-impact exercise, fresh air, and the hell away from Ubers and public transit. FC reported earlier this month that biking has ballooned in cities across the world. In Bogata, car lanes have been shut down to give cyclists more space. In Philadelphia, bike traffic increased so steeply in some areas that the city temporarily closed a stretch of a major street to cars. The use of bike-share programs doubled in London, and New York saw a sharp uptick as well. Biking is becoming an increasingly accessible outlet for recreationalists and commuters alike. And it just might stay that way. So if you’re in the market for a two-wheeled ride or the bells and whistles that go along with it, we’ve rounded …

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This clever attachment makes any bike an e-bike in just seconds

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If you don’t want a whole new e-bike, you can just carry this e-bike attachment around for the biggest hills. When product designer Somnath Ray started commuting to work by bike to lower his carbon footprint, most of the ride was easy—but a few steep hills were so challenging that he realized that the effort might discourage other people from making the same transportation choice. He started working on a new solution: a simple attachment that temporarily converts any bicycle into an electric bike. Read Full Story

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Emissions dropped during COVID-19. Here’s what cities can do to keep them from rising

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It’s time to double down on electric vehicles. COVID-19 upended our daily lives and shifted our relationship to transportation, although we don’t yet know how trends that started during the pandemic will play out. Will people forsake public transit for cars? Will street closures continue, creating more permanent space for walking, biking, and outdoor restaurants? Will work-from-home continue to be the norm, cutting down on commuting hours—and emissions—in the process? Read Full Story

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Uber just destroyed thousands of electric bikes

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As it gets out of the bike-sharing business, Uber decided the issues with giving its bikes away were too complicated—and so just sent them to the dump. Two years ago, Uber acquired the bike-sharing startup Jump for a reported $200 million . Three weeks ago, it offloaded the business to Lime, another micromobility company, as part of a deal that also involved laying off most of Jump’s staff. Some of Jump’s electric bikes went to Lime—but nearly 20,000 others are now being unceremoniously scrapped. Read Full Story

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9 CEOs share their best tips for successful remote work

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Here’s what they say they’ve learned after almost a year of working remotely. Remote work was on the rise before the 2020 pandemic. But now the model is here to stay. In the last year or so, many homebound knowledge workers have adjusted their typical office routine. The benefits range from money saved on commutes to the ability to hire more geographically diverse applicants. Read Full Story

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How social distancing could make public transportation more bike-friendly

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Can socially distant transportation design make it easier than ever to incorporate cycling into your commute? The designers at PriestmanGoode reckon so. As people return to work, transit systems will need to do a better job of supporting bike ridership, which has already grown substantially across Europe and, to a lesser extent, the U.S . during the COVID-19 era. And no wonder: People cooped up at home are looking for a fun, safe way to get some fresh air, and an alternative to the close confines of public transportation. One design firm has released a concept that makes commuting by bike a little bit easier. Read Full Story

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Why these blue-wheeled bikes are taking Europe by storm

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Forget bike-share systems. The latest trend is a long-term rental service that fixes flat tires for free. The micromobility boom that’s flooded cities around the world with bike-share systems, e-bikes, and scooters has so far primarily offered mobility on demand. Step out of a downtown building or subway station, and an array of branded mobility options are just an app’s touch away. Go from point A to point B and leave the bike or scooter there for the next user to ride. Read Full Story

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