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Not Charlotte specific but California based Kitsbow is moving its production facility  to Old Fort in McDowell county right outside of Asheville. 

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/industry-news/2019/08/28/kitsbow-relocates-manufacturing-north-carolina-will-double-us-production#.XWciV5NKhAY#new_tab

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I think this is proper thread for this article by Ely: https://ui.uncc.edu/story/charlotte-street-pedestrian-only

We should not make 4th the ped street (~12,000 vpd, one of the busiest in uptown in the AM), but I like where the thought is.  Camden would be great for this, or turn Brevard into bus only?

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Here is a recent article debating the pro and cons and the history of pedestrian malls.  Of all the options in Charlotte, Camden is the only one that kind of makes sense to me.  There are SO many traffic problems with its proximity to the Trail Trail and the Light rail line.  Maybe if  they left it open for delivery vehicles and permitted cars, but closed Tremont and West Blvd intersections...

https://www.planetizen.com/news/2019/10/106451-past-and-future-pedestrian-malls

 

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Aparerently Chicago now has an app that allows citizens to take photos of cars parked in bike (and bus) lanes and it results in an actual ticket!

A nice middle ground to enforcement cameras.

https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/02/20/chicago-deputizes-citizens-to-help-stop-drivers-who-park-in-bus-and-bike-lanes/

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People for Bikes has a survey out about Cycling in cities, this is where some of their data for Bike Score comes from. The more participation the better:

 What is bike riding like in your town? We want to know!

 

Take the PlacesForBikes 2020 Community Survey today and you'll be entered to win great prizes like this Felt BROAM 60 and others from BikeFlights, Burley, Sena, Terrano Systems, Trek and PeopleForBikes.

Everyone can participate regardless of where, how, if or why they ride. 

For those who have already completed the survey - thank you! Your feedback will help determine your city or town’s score in the 2021 PlacesForBikes City Ratings. 

We'd love for you to pass the survey link along to your friends and family so we can hear more about perceptions of bike riding in your town. 

Together we can make bicycling better!

—The PeopleForBikes team

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5649932/pfbcommsvy20

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Just cancelled my Uptown parking pass. Thinking I might make a go of bike commuting whenever we are allowed back. Anyone have recommendations for electric bikes for commuting. Don’t want spend more that $1,500. 

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I'm planning on getting one of the radpower models. They appear to have a nice range from the utility up.

Could you let us know what you end up with and why?

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Yeah I have been looking at the Rad City 4 but really want to try some out and they don’t  have any demo spots around. I will probably check out what Bike Source has and will share what I learn.

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I went to several places to buy mine and ended up getting my Magnum Metro from Charlotte cycles. The guy I worked with there seemed much more knowledgeable than the guy at Bike Source, though Bike Source had a larger selection.

My wife got a Gazelle, we both love them but we don't use them to commute, just for fun.  The Magnum has a LOT of power, which I love but it was over $2k...

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I looked at these:

https://flx.bike/pages/thebabymaker

https://www.vanmoof.com/en-NL/s3?color=dark

https://swagtron.com/product/swagtron-eb12-electric-city-bike/

 

Ended up with the Swagtron EB12 and have had it for about 3months. It's ideal for giving you just the right amount of power when you really need it and riding it without eboost most of the time. So far the battery has lasted far longer than the specs say. Not all the components are the finest, but for under $1k it's been great to get back into bikes with after a long absence. Added a basket from Public Bikes, and might look uncool, but its perfect for Farmers Market and Shopping runs. :tw_glasses:

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