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Madrid's Electric Bike Share Tops 50,000 Sign Ups


Madrid is the first major city in Europe to offer a  public bike system that only uses electric bicycles and 50,000 people have already signed up since June, 2014. The electric bikes give the added push up needed for hills and has been quite popular. There has been some problems with vandalism, theft, lack of bikes, and cost, but officials say they want and need to keep expanding. They have 1000 bikes that are available now and hope it will reach 4000 bikes by 2026.


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Very cool! As I contemplate getting my own bike back on the road, hills are one of the issues (aside from traffic) and I've even thought about one of these...great way to get around a city that's bicycle-friendly...


I found a picture...they're like regular bikes, it seems, not like a Vespa, so probably easier to park, too.

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I saw these electric bikes all over Tokyo and they are growing on me. Also, I've noticed   foldable bikes everywhere I'm going. I'm wondering if we will big numbers of people packing those for travel in the near future.

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Given the weight and size restrictions on luggage, I think it’s more likely that we’ll see these for rent in a lot more places, rather than people taking their own along. Folding sounds nice…you can just take it to your room at night. Electric folding would be even better!
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