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The American arm of Yamaha Motor Corp. will begin selling its first branded power-assist electric bicycles. The Japanese giant, which manufactures everything from motorcycles and musical instruments to personal water scooters and motorboats, will begin selling Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles through U.S. dealers in 2018. Yamaha has been in the e-bike business for decades, as a designer and builder of electric bicycle power trains. The company said it has produced more than 4 million drive units for other brands. These will be the first Yamaha bicycles sold in the U.S. More

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America, commute, electric bike, lifestyle, New York, NYC, transport, usa -

Matthew DeBord has written an article at Business Insider about how cycling has exploded in New York over the last decade. Bike-sharing schemes have popped up, and there are bike lanes everywhere, and bike-oriented traffic signals. People ride their bikes year round, rain, shine, sleet, or snow. DeBord feels there are now as many bike shops as there once were dive bars (a rarity these days). He goes on to mention electric bikes, and how this vast flotilla of bikes has almost taken over the city's transportation ecosystem. "More than three-quarters of a million New Yorkers ride a bike regularly-250,000...

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America, electric bike, event, New York, USA -

The author is delighted to write about how the proliferation of bikes in New York is staggering. Bike-sharing schemes like CitiBike have helped, and there are bike lanes everywhere, with bike-oriented traffic signals. People ride their bikes year round, rain, shine, sleet, or snow. The author goes on to say that this NYC revolution is happening in many other American cities, and electric bikes are noticeable. "More than three-quarters of a million New Yorkers ride a bike regularly - 250,000 more than just five years ago." the NYC Department of Transportation said in its "Cycling in the City" report. Source...

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America, Bosch, Haibike, Malibu, USA, Yamaha -

Manager Scott Keyzers says ‘All we deal in is electric bikes’, which is a good for the locals as Malibu has lots of hills and its very difficult to ride. Keyzers says the shop has seen customers of all shapes and sizes and can cater for everyone. The shop carries Haibike and other top European brands, with prices starting at about $2,500 with the average selling at $4,000. Keyzers goes onto to state that they ‘only service the bikes that we sell so we don’t really function like a normal bike shop.’ Source

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America, culture, electric bike, Portland, transport, USA -

“We have so much pride in being cyclists. So when new things come around, there’s this resistance. It’s weird."(Henry Cromett) Wake Gregg opened Portland's first all-electric-bike shop in 2008, and nearly ten years later the US seems to be waking up to the many ways electric bikes could enrich people’s lives. Portland has great requirements for e-bikes: good weather, hills, good infrastructure, a bike-friendly culture, and wealthy people living in the inner city. But as this article goes onto make clear, there’s something of a culture-block on accepting electric pedal power. The piece goes on to raise interesting points from...

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