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‘No thought’: EPA boss slams oBike rollout amid new crackdown

The Age, 30 May 2018
Bike share company oBike will be hit with hefty fines of $3000 for each dumped or damaged bike it fails to collect within a certain timeframe under a crackdown announced by the Environmental Protection Authority on Wednesday. The head of Victoria’s environmental authority has slammed the dockless bike share company for the way it entered the Melbourne market, declaring tough new regulations will send a clear message to the Singaporean-based oBike that it needs to “lift its form”.

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Dockless share bikes are the frontline of a battle between Chinese tech giants

Australian Financial Review, 27 April 2018
On April 4, 2018, when news broke that a man had dumped a bicycle on lane one of the Sydney Harbour Bridge before scaling the superstructure and causing traffic chaos, the first thought in many a Sydneysider’s mind was: “I bet it was a share bike.” It turned out it wasn’t. But those water-cooler conversations spoke volumes about the city’s troubled relationship with dockless bikes.
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Cycling receives just 1% of total road funding

The Feed, SBA, 13 April 2018
New research has found that cycling and walking receive a tiny fraction of overall transport infrastructure funding in Australia. Researchers believe this is “unacceptable in a wealthy OECD country”.
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“Wheelmageddon” – the rise and stall of shared electric scooters

ReNew Economy, 6 April 2018
So bike-sharing is taking over the world, e-bikes are a thing, but scooters like the classic Razor are so “naughties”. Put them all together and you’ve got the latest trend in Silicon Valley (which, for our sins, tends to be where the next new thing in our lives will come from).
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The quiet e-bike revolution

ReNew Economy, 3 April 2018
It seems every day we are seeing a new highlight in the Electric Vehicle space. Whether it is a new model or another City with a plan to phase out fossil fuelled vehicles, there is no doubt the momentum for EVs and autonomous vehicles is building. However, in the background a quiet revolution has been taking place. The fastest growing segment in the transport world now is e-bikes, or electric bicycles.

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Slow cycling isn’t just for fun – it’s essential for many city workers

The Conversation, 16 March 2018
In cities, people use bicycles for far more than just commuting and recreation. For many people, riding a bike is not just a way to get to work; it is a livelihood necessity and helps sustain urban economies. And for people who rely on a bike to do their job, safe access to city roads is essential. With increasing urban pollution and poverty around the world, we urgently need to think about how to plan new cities and redesign old cities to accommodate cycling’s varied uses.
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Five biases create problems with share bikes – here’s what we can do to counter them

The Conversation, 28 February 2018
Share-bike littering is a problem almost everywhere they’re introduced. In countries as diverse as China, Singapore and Ireland the bikes can be seen abandoned in the worst places. There are three elements to understanding the problems of share-bike dumping and vandalism:
* behaviour, or how we make the choices about how to act
* context, or the environment we’re in at the time the action happens, of which national culture is an important part
* cognition or how our brains process information.

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Cycle miles double in China thanks to dockless bike sharing

Bike Biz, 26 January 2018
Before the advent of dockless bike-sharing in Chinese cities cycling accounted for 5.5% of transport miles. It has now more than doubled to 11.6%. This is according to White Book of Shared Bike and City Development 2017, a Chinese-language report from the Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Innovation Institute, an urban planning consultancy. According to the Chinese State Information Center’s Sharing Economy Research Center there are now 16 million dockless bicycles in the country, and each was used an average of three times a day.

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Three reasons why share-bikes don’t fit Australian culture

The Conversation, 25 January 2018
Many cities are keen on dockless share-bike schemes such as oBikes or Reddy Go, and for good reason. They promote greater physical movement, help solve transport problems in congested cities, and can be fun. But there’s a downside. Share-bikes can litter our cities and be found in rivers, up trees, in gutters, and strewn around public places. One of the reasons for this is culture.
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They know where you go: dockless bike sharing looms as the next disruptor – if key concerns are fixed

The Conversation, 7 December 2017
Beyond the benefits of dockless bike sharing for people’s mobility and health, these services are producing an ever more useful byproduct: journey data. Mapped through global positioning system (GPS) devices on the bikes or via Bluetooth using GPS data from users’ smartphones, the journey data that operators collect could be a powerful tool for city planners and policymakers, possibly even a valuable commodity.
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