Source: City Logistics - The advent of new technologies in last mile deliveries is about to cause a disruption in the traditional business model applied in city logistics. In this context, identifying new business and operations models and vehicles that could be applied for last mile deliveries in urban areas becomes crucial A recent research paper aims to identify, [...]
As a result of the persistent success of electric bikes in Europe, manufacturers, importers and dealers are confronted with the numerous and complicated rules governing these bikes. That is why Bike Europe and LEVA have decided to organize an information meeting at Eurobike. It is becoming clear that many players in the electric bike business [...]
Source ACEM - Whilst total registrations of mopeds and motorcycles decreased by 3% in the second quarter of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016, registrations of electric L-category vehicles increased by 30.5% to a total of 13,089 units. The main markets for electric mopeds are France, the Netherlands and Belgium. However, there are no [...]
TRB is accepting papers for consideration as part of the program for the 97th TRB Annual Meeting, January 7–11, 2018, in Washington, D.C., and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). All papers—whether for presentation at the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting or publication in the TRR—must be submitted [...]
What is written here about speed pedelecs in the Netherlands goes for all EU countries. Speed pedelecs have been categorized as mopeds in European harmonized technical regulations. However, member states have the competence to give them a special status in traffic law and for instance, allow them to ride where bicycles ride or exempt them from moped helmets, … The Netherlands are currently considering such measures. Belgium has already introduced them. Hopefully, other EU member states are to follow since the speed pedelec offers huge potential for sustainable mobility.
E-bikes are a serious alternative for the car to bridge commuting distances. The “problem” is: some of these e-bikes are simply too fast to be treated as a bike in normal traffic. In the Netherlands the average ‘back and forth’ commuting distance is 32 km. With the advent of 45 kmh e-bikes you can easily bridge this distance, even without sweating and get your necessary daily exercise in the process.
New legislation in the Netherlands has now categorized “speed pedelecs” as moped’s and as a consequence banned them from the Dutch bicycle lanes, you need a moped drivers licence and helmets are now obligatory.
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On June 13th 2017, Leefmilieu Brussel/Bruxelles Environnement (the Brussels Environmental Department) together with the Belgian Electromobility Association ASBE host an electric mobility demonstration event on the esplanade of Tour & Taxis in Brussels. All suppliers/providers of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and services are invited to demonstrate and to present their products and services at this [...]
The trade assocation RAI and Dutch Cyclists' Association want speed pedelecs to be allowed to ride on cycling highways and on cycle along roads with intensive and fast-moving car traffic. As of 1 July 2017, all speed pedelecs should go on the road. They will only be allowed on those bike paths on which mopeds are [...]