Electric bike sales are surging ahead of traditional bicycles

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The US is entering the era of the electric bicycle. The favored conveyance of New York City delivery workers, the e-bike has now gone mainstream: Sales in America have outpaced conventional bikes for three years running.

While conventional bike sales declined slightly in 2018 and 2019, e-bikes soared more than 50%, according to data from market research firm NPD. And they’ve gone into overdrive during the coronavirus pandemic. E-bike sales have more than doubled since January, outpacing even huge sales growth in conventional bicycles.

 

The US is following the global trajectory. Consulting firm Deloitte is predicting (pdf) a “surge” of 130 million e-bike sales in the next three years. By 2023, it expects 300 million e-bikes to be on the streets, compared to less than 10 million electric vehicles (including cars and trucks).

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how to stay safe as UK cycle sales soar

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<span>Photograph: DWD-photo/Alamy</span>
Photograph: DWD-photo/Alamy

The coronavirus crisis has resulted in Britons buying bikes in huge numbers, but in tandem with increased sales has come an epidemic of theft. Insurers are warning that claims have leapt by 46% in the past seven weeks compared with last year.

In April, at the height of lockdown, the number of bikes sold rose by 60%. The biggest change was in those valued at £400 to £1,000, sales of which doubled.

So what can you do to protect your bike?

Buy a good lock

The industry’s rule of thumb is to buy a lock for a price equal to 10% to 20% of the bike’s cost. Thieves are lazy and mostly target cheap locks.

In its guide to protecting your bike, the insurer Admiral cites the Kryptonite New York M18 U-lock as being good quality. It costs £82.99 at Wiggle.co.uk. Add a cable for another tenner, so

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Sales of canoes, kayaks, other outdoor gear rebound during the coronavirus pandemic

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MILWAUKEE – On a Thursday morning in mid-March, Darren Bush was poised to open Canoecopia, the largest event of its kind in the world. Bush, the owner of Rutabaga Paddlesports in Monona, Wisconsin, was nervous about the emerging threat of COVID-19, but safer-at-home had not been implemented. 

Vendors from across North America were setting up 250,000 square feet of canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and other outdoor gear for the three-day trade show scheduled to begin the next day, Friday the 13th, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.  

Months of work had gone into the planning. About 20,000 people were expected to attend.

Then, Bush got word that Gov. Tony Evers was having a news conference where he declared a public health emergency. 

Bush went home.

On that Thursday, he needed to step away from the pressure of organizing Canoecopia, where scores of small-business owners and salespeople counted on his decisions.

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Car dealerships are reopening but the pivot to online sales has begun

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Car dealerships are among the next establishments to reopen in England from June 1. It’s welcome news to an industry that suffered an enormous drop in sales following the nationwide lockdown that started on March 30. New car registrations in Britain were down 97% in April 2020 compared to April 2019.

Coronavirus hit at an already tough time for the car industry. Competition from disruptors like car sharing companies had seen new UK car registrations drop by 5.8% in January and February 2020, with diesel sales especially hard hit.

One company that’s particularly well placed to meet the challenge ahead of reviving sales is Volkswagen. The dieselgate emissions scandal cast a long shadow over VW, but the German car maker is going to great lengths to reposition itself at the front of the electric vehicle market.

To make this process more smooth, it recently announced that all its dealerships have

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