BMW recently showed off not one, but two e-bike concepts. The announcements are sprinkled with tons of gee-whiz claims that are easy to make when something only lives on paper, not roads. But one idea stood out to me as a real solution: the use of geofencing to limit fast e-bike speeds inside congested cities. Especially since BMW already has a working geofencing solution deployed around Europe.
In Europe at least, fast e-bikes known as speed-pedelecs (or Class 3 e-bikes in the US) are capable of going 45km/h (28mph), just like BMW’s new concept bikes, the BMW i Vision AMBY and BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY.
BMW sees the i Vision as a pedal-assisted e-bike fitted with a massive 2,000Wh battery that’s “fast charging,” naturally, for a range of up to 300km (186 miles). The Motorrad Vision, meanwhile, would have a throttle and footrests like a traditional motorbike. Both would have three speeds moderated for different types of roads. 25km/h (15.5mph) on bike paths, up to 45km/h (28mph) on roads within cities, and 60km/h (37mph) on multi-lane roads beyond the city limits. The bikes would also be fitted with proximity radar to alert the rider with a visual and acoustic warning that a vehicle was approaching from the rear.
These vehicles only exist as concepts for now. But what’s interesting is BMW’s inclusion of speed enforcement using geofencing. S-pedelecs, like the impressive Stromer ST2 I recently reviewed, are deemed unsafe for protected bike paths in cities like Amsterdam, forcing riders onto busy streets next to aggressive taxis and, let’s face it, entitled BMW drivers who believe nobody but them knows how to drive properly. Although S-pedelec riders are capable of moderating their speeds to ride alongside ordinary bicycles, some choose not to, creating an unsafe disparity. Geofencing could solve that.
BMW already has a solution to this sort of problem that it uses in its cars. The company’s so-called eDrive Zones communicate with its newer plug-in hybrids to automatically switch the cars into all-electric driving mode when entering certain parts of the cities marked as low emission zones. It works in combination with geofencing tech found in BMW’s GPS navigation system. These eDrive Zones were first deployed in the four largest Dutch cities before rolling out to about 80 cities across Europe.
No wonder geofencing plays such a “central role” in these AMBY concepts: BMW already has everything it needs to make it a reality for e-bikes.
A geofencing solution that caps power delivery to S-pedelec pedals within the city limits would put these fast e-bikes back onto the protected bike paths where they belong. It would also help drive the adoption of S-pedelecs as great alternatives to cars for long commutes to and from the city. And that, in turn, would help European cities achieve their environmental goals that led
The City of Nitro, near Charleston, bought the Tesla Model 3 for about $40,000 — a little more than its other cruisers cost — and then spent another $10,000 to outfit it with lights, sirens and other equipment a police car needs, CNN affiliate WCHS reported.
In a post on Facebook, the department said it decided to buy the Tesla after doing a lot of research, having discussions with Tesla and talking with an Indiana police department that has five Model 3s in its fleet and plans to buy more.
“We believe time will show that through the fuel savings, maintenance cost and resale value, that this car will be cost-neutral to the citizens of Nitro,” Mayor Dave Casebolt told WCHS.
He told WCHS the car can go 500 miles on $18 worth of electricity, while their other police cruisers need about $90 in fuel to cover the same distance.
“The savings, we figure, will be in the neighborhood of $5,000 a year per vehicle,” Police Chief Chris Fleming told WCHS.
The Nitro Police Department has installed a Tesla charging station outside the building and department policy is to keep the vehicle charged to at least 50% at all times, so it’s always ready to patrol.
The city has also purchased two other patrol cars this year, according to its Facebook post — Ford Interceptor Hybrid and a regular Ford Interceptor.
It plans to compare the three vehicles for a year and decide which one provides the best cost benefit.
FIRES. ALRIGHT KATIE. THANK YOU BREAKING NEWS FROM OVERNIGHT IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI POLICE SHOT AT A PERSON DURING A TRAFFIC STOP IN THE NORTHEAST SIDE OF TOWN. THIS HAPPENED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT NEAR INDEPENDENCE AVENUE AND EWING POLICE TRIED TO LLPU OVER A CAR THERE, BUT THAT VEHICLE APPROACHED OFFICERS DROVE TOWARD THEM AND THEY SHOT AT IT THE CAR THEN DROVE OFFPSTO WINCHESTER THE MAN INSIDE GOT OUT AND RAN AFTER A SHORT CHASE POLICE DID TAKE HIM INTO CUSTODY EMS ALSO RESPONDED FATHER THAT THAT MAN WASOT N HIT BY GUNFIRE OR OTHERWISE INJURED. AND RELEASED HIM BACK INTO POLICE CUSTODY DETECTIVES ARE NOW INVESTIGATING THE M
Kansas City police say officers shot at man when vehicle continued to approach them during traffic stop
Updated: 7:39 AM CDT Jul 18, 2021
The Kansas City Police Department said officers shot at a man when a vehicle continued to approach them during a traffic stop early Sunday morning on the city’s northeast side.KCPD said the incident happened just after midnight Sunday morning near Independence and Ewing avenues. Police said they tried to pull over a car, but the vehicle approached officers, and then they shot at it.Police said the car drove off, stopping near 12th Street and Winchester Avenue, when the man inside got out and ran.After a short chase, police said they took the man into custody. EMS responded to the scene, found the man was not hit by gunfire or injured, and then released him back into police custody.Detectives are investigating the moments that led up to officers firing their weapons.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
The Kansas City Police Department said officers shot at a man when a vehicle continued to approach them during a traffic stop early Sunday morning on the city’s northeast side.
KCPD said the incident happened just after midnight Sunday morning near Independence and Ewing avenues. Police said they tried to pull over a car, but the vehicle approached officers, and then they shot at it.
Police said the car drove off, stopping near 12th Street and Winchester Avenue, when the man inside got out and ran.
After a short chase, police said they took the man into custody. EMS responded to the scene, found the man was not hit by gunfire or injured, and then released him back into police custody.
Detectives are investigating the moments that led up to officers firing their weapons.
ST. LOUIS — During summer travel in Missouri, playing the license plate game is always a favorite past time for many families. But counting the number of Missouri temporary tags, well that’s thousands across the state.
“Temp tags and expired temp tags in Missouri if you drive the roads — I see them everywhere,” said Doug Smith, head of the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association. “It’s not just a St. Louis problem. It’s the entire state.”
Currently, if you purchase a vehicle from a car dealer in Missouri, you get temporary paper tags and have 30 days to pay the sales tax at a DMV office.
For instance, a car that costs $10,000 in the city would be $1,000 in sales tax, which can be a lot for many.
But now, Gov. Mike Parson has signed into law a plan to update the state’s vehicle sales tax process.
It means when you purchase a new car, instead of just letting you drive it home and assuming you’ll go to the DMV to pay taxes later, Missouri will now ask you to pay your taxes at the point of sale. Many other states, like Illinois, already combine the two payments, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Smith said it will make things easier on Missourians who might not have another $1,000 or more to pay later at the DMV.
“If you’re financing your vehicle for 48, 60 or 72 months, you’re talking just a few dollars per month that would be included in that retail installment contract,” Smith said.
“It’s really a way to make it easier to solve a lot of problems with the revenue collection and also make it easier on the taxpayer. Keep the taxpayer from not breaking the law by titling their vehicle.”
Smith welcomes the new law that begins Aug. 28. The plan will allow the Missouri Department of Revenue to get upgrades to their old computer system, and customers will also be able to pay the sales tax at the dealership, cutting out an extra step.
“By doing it at the point of sale with these, it upgrades those systems (and) can talk to the highway patrol,” Smith said. “Those systems can talk to motor vehicle registration, and you have a seamless way to communicate all that information.”
Smith estimates the state will generate $26-40 million that will fund improvements to roads, bridges and safety.
Those temp tags you see everywhere won’t go away overnight. Expect that to be a slow process over the next four years.
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Sharing the road is key for drivers and bicyclists. Bike safety is an important concern to riders and drivers. Over 100 people are killed and thousands are injured in bicycle collisions with cars each year in California. Many victims are children. Some accidents are due to motorists’ lack of attention; others to bicyclists’ actions.
Pass a bicyclist as you would a slow-moving vehicle. Pass with caution, and only when safe.
Look carefully for bicyclists before opening doors next to moving traffic.
Do not drive in the bike lane except when entering or leaving a roadway or when preparing for a turn within a distance of 200 feet from an intersection.
Do not overtake a bicyclist just before making a turn. Merge first behind the bicyclist, then turn.
Bicyclists Can Help “Share the Road”
Wear reflective clothing to be seen by drivers when riding at night.
Ride in the same direction as the traffic. You will be coming in an unexpected direction and may not be seen by drivers if you ride on the wrong side of the road.
Keep your eyes on the road ahead. Avoid running over potholes, gravel, broken glass, drainage grates, puddles you can’t see through, or other unsafe road conditions.
Always look over your shoulder to make sure the lane is clear before turning or changing lanes and always signal before changing lanes.
Obey STOP signs and signals. It’s a good idea to stop for yellow lights—rushing through a yellow light may not leave you enough time to make it across the intersection before the light changes.
Wear a helmet to reduce the risk of head injury. It’s the law for children under the age of 18 when riding a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or skates.
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Bikeways & Bike Trails
Lakewood bicyclists are fortunate to have nearby access to the San Gabriel River Bike Trail, which is a “Class 1” bikeway ending at the ocean in Seal Beach. Lakewood’s Rynerson Park offers parking for bicyclists, and is located on Studebaker Road just south of Del Amo Boulevard.
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Heading to New York City? As you might be aware, there are several boroughs in this city, which is home to millions of people!
We teamed up with Expedia.com to help you navigate the large metropolis. Start off by checking out the many NYC hotel options on Expedia.com to decide where you want to put your feet up at night. Once you’ve figured out where you want to stay in New York, you’re going to need to know how to get around New York to all the sights you’ve come to the city to see.
Well, with our definitive guide, you’re going to learn all the different options you have for getting around New York. This will include all the major New York transport options, as well as tips for using each one.
Once you’ve read this, check out our guide to spending 2 days in New York, which has a detailed itinerary and lots of tips on what to see in the city. Now, let’s get started with our guide to getting around NYC.
How to Get around New York City
As you’ll see from this list you have a lot of options when it comes to getting around New York City. This is to be expected, after all, New York is the most populated city in the United States.
With over twenty million residents in the New York metropolitan area, which is spread across five main boroughs, it’s easy to see why there are so many ways to help them get around!
Here are some of the best ways to get around the city when you visit.
The iconic yellow taxi is certainly a popular way to get around the city with residents and visitors alike. The yellow taxi is easy to recognise, being bright yellow, and having a yellow light on the roof. These yellow taxis are the only vehicles that are allowed to pick passengers up in response to a street hail across the entire city.
A taxi shows it’s availability by illuminating the yellow light. An illuminated light means the taxi is available for hire. To hail a taxi, you just need to attract the drivers attention, usually by waving from the street corner.
Once the taxi sees you, they will stop somewhere safe to pick you up. Let the driver know your destination address. Taxis are metered, with fares starting at $3, and then increasing as time and distance pass – you can see the fares here. Note that tolls will also be added to your taxi fare. New York taxi Fares can be paid in cash, or with a credit or debit card.
It’s definitely worth taking a taxi in New York just for the experience. It’s not a big expense, particularly for shorter rides.
There are of course alternatives to the yellow taxi, including ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. These need to be booked in advance using their apps, and do generally work out cheaper than a yellow
Map of the U.S. state of New York with New York City highlighted in red
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New York City metropolitan area
Rapid transit, commuter rail, bus and bus rapid transit, light rail, people mover, aerial tramway, bicycle sharing system, taxicab
More than 10 million
MTA, NJ Transit, PATH, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and private operators
The transportation system of New York City is a network of complex infrastructural systems. New York City, being the most populous city in the United States, has a transportation system which includes one of the largest subway systems in the world; the world’s first mechanically ventilated vehicular tunnel; and an aerial tramway. New York City is also home to an extensive bus system in each of the five boroughs; citywide and Staten Island ferry systems; and numerous yellow taxis and boro taxis throughout the city. Private cars are less used compared to other cities in the rest of the United States.
Within the New York City metropolitan area, the airport system—which includes John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport (located in New Jersey), Stewart Airport and a few smaller facilities—is one of the largest in the world. The Port of New York and New Jersey, which includes the waterways around New York City and its metropolitan area, is one of the busiest seaports in the United States. There are also three commuter rail systems, the PATH rapid transit system to New Jersey, and various ferries between Manhattan and New Jersey. Numerous separate bus systems also operate to Westchester County, Nassau County, and New Jersey. For private vehicles, a system of expressways and parkways connects New York City with its suburbs.
An 1807 version of grid plan for Manhattan.
The history of New York City’s transportation system began with the Dutch port of Nieuw Amsterdam. The port had maintained several roads; some were built atop former Lenape trails, others as “commuter” links to surrounding cities, and one was even paved by 1658 from orders of Petrus Stuyvesant, according to Burrow, et al. The 19th century brought changes to the format of the system’s transport: the establishment of a Manhattan street grid through the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, as well as an unprecedented link between the then-separate cities of New York and Brooklyn via the Brooklyn Bridge, in 1883.
The Second Industrial Revolution fundamentally changed the city – the port infrastructure grew at such a rapid pace after the 1825 completion of the Erie Canal that New York became the most important connection between all of Europe and the interior of the United States. Elevated trains and subterranean transportation (‘El trains’ and ‘subways’) were introduced between 1867 and 1904. In 1904, the first subway line became operational.
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