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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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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Exclusive: Inside Uber’s billion-dollar bet to deliver food, people, and everything else

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CEO Dara Khosrowshahi shares the reasoning behind Uber’s new app redesign and his ambitious plan to make Uber “part of the heartbeat of every single city” as the company weathers the coronavirus. Earlier this week, Uber acquired Postmates, the number four player in the food delivery space, for $2.65 billion. It was a clear statement that Uber is no longer just a rides company, but a home delivery company. Now, Uber is rolling out a new design in its main app that gives its Uber Eats business equal real estate with rides on the app’s home screen. Read Full Story

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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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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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E-bike too pricey? Subscribe to one instead

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Dance, from the founders of SoundCloud, is giving Berliners their own e-bike for $82 a month. We’re in the midst of an e-bike boom, particularly in Europe. More than 3 million electric bikes were sold across the EU in 2019 . Even during the pandemic, when overall VC funding is down , e-bike manufacturers have raised millions to capitalize on the growing demand for electric bikes. But one company, called Dance , isn’t betting on a future where everyone buys an e-bike. It’s offering an e-bike subscription service, instead. Read Full Story

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The price of electric car batteries has dropped 89% in 10 years

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In just a few more years, it will be easy and cheap for automakers to build mass-market electric vehicles. A decade ago, a lithium-ion battery pack used in an electric car cost around $1,110 per kilowatt-hour. By this year, according to a new survey, the cost had fallen 89%, to $137 per kilowatt-hour. And by 2023, the cost is likely to fall far enough that car companies can make and sell mass-market electric vehicles (EVs) at the same cost as cars running on fossil fuels. Read Full Story

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A personal branding expert shares what it takes to build a successful reputation

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For branding maestro Tom Peters, passionate networking is table stakes when cultivating your brand. Almost 25 years ago, management guru Tom Peters kicked off the personal branding revolution with a Fast Company article so bold and brassy it nearly jumped off the page. Titled “ The Brand Called You ,” it was a resounding call to action to brand yourself. Peters proclaimed: “To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You. . . . You’re not defined by your job title and you’re not confined by your job description. Starting today you are a brand.” Read Full Story

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Harley-Davidson is making electric bikes now

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Using technology it developed to make electric motorcycles, Harley is spinning off a new company—Serial 1 Cycle Company—to make e-bikes. One hundred seventeen years after launching its first motorcycle, Harley-Davidson has spun off a new electric-bike startup. The new company, called Serial 1 Cycle Company , will reveal its first models next month. Read Full Story

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