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Bosch eBike Systems: Now driving forward changes in urban traffic

Coronavirus crisis highlights need for better cycling infrastructure

  • Bicycles are the best solution for personal transport and protection against infection
  • Cycling is becoming more relevant as a result of the pandemic
  • Political decision makers must promote cycling more
Tamara Winograd

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Stuttgart/Reutlingen – Bosch eBike Systems calls for political decision makers during the coronavirus crisis to adopt a determined approach to drive forward mobility change and develop the cycle infrastructure in urban areas. Because one thing has become clearer than ever during the coronavirus pandemic: Bicycles and eBikes are playing an increasingly important role in modern individual mobility. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they are exactly what we need as our "new normal" mode of transport. Getting on your bike means keeping your distance and staying healthy. Some municipalities are now quickly and unbureaucratically promoting the change – a step which Bosch eBike Systems believes should set the trend for others: "Bikes and eBikes are the ideal solutions for personal transport - even more so now during the coronavirus crisis. Now is the time to make more space for them in our cities, develop a bicycle-friendly infrastructure and provide secure parking. This is the only way to achieve the changes in urban traffic that we need", says Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems.

More people are getting on their bikes

In the past few months, individual mobility in general and cycling in particular have become more relevant. And for good reasons: On a bike, road users keep their distance, protect themselves and others from becoming infected and promote their health. Cycling helps relieve one of the most serious side-effects of isolation: lack of exercise. It strengthens the immune system and lungs, is good for the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and also has positive effects on mental health. Cyclists enjoy the freedom and flexibility that their bike gives them. They can also satisfy their desires to experience fresh air and natural environments. These benefits have brought about a change in mobility patterns; more people are getting on their bikes - particularly in large cities. The current crisis is thus speeding up an existing trend: According to Germany's Zweirad-Industrie-Verband (ZIV - bicycle industry association), the number of bikes and pedelecs in Germany reached its highest level of around 75.9 million in 2019. The cycle infrastructure needs to be developed to ensure safe cycling. In the "Fahrrad-Monitor 2019" study conducted by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, 60 percent of respondents call upon the politicians to make more cycle paths.

Making cycling more attractive

Some cities have responded during the crisis and have restructured their streets for eBikes and bicycles. At the end of March, Berlin opened pop-up cycle lanes, which are provisional for now, but will become permanent cycle paths. Berlin is thus implementing a change in urban traffic as a direct consequence of the pandemic along with other cities throughout the world that are currently promoting cycling in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Bogota, Brussels, Budapest, Milan, Mexico City, New York, Paris and Vancouver, for example, have introduced car-free streets to encourage cycling. The economic benefits of this are clearly evident in Milan, for example, where temporary cycling paths on car lanes and priority streets for cyclists and pedestrians are breathing new life into retail outlets and restaurants in the city centre. "Such decisions are not only the correct response to the current situation, but are a step that was long overdue and should be effective in the long term", says Claus Fleischer. According to a survey carried out by the ADAC (General German Automobile Club), 21 percent of Germans intend to cycle more even after the crisis. "Coronavirus has now achieved something that countless mobility debates failed to do before. But all these measures will not help unless they can be sustained. It is now up to the political decision makers to introduce solutions to make cycling sustainably more attractive, thereby improving the quality of life in our towns and cities in the long term."

Bosch eBike Systems is shaping the future of eBike mobility with innovative products and digital services ranging from highly efficient drive systems to the first production-ready ABS for eBikes and Connected Biking solutions. On the daily routes through the city, on leisurely rides through the countryside or for sporting adventures in the mountains: Bosch eBike Systems offers eBikers the right drive system (drive unit, battery, display, and app) for every requirement and every area of use, ensuring a unique riding sensation. Today, more than 100 of the world's leading bicycle brands trust the perfectly coordinated, modular product portfolio. As an independent division within the Bosch Group, Bosch eBike Systems also makes use of the Group's technology and manufacturing expertise. For healthy, safe and sustainable mobility that is fun.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 421,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2022). The company generated sales of 88.2 billion euros in 2022. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 85,500 associates in research and development, of which nearly 44,000 are software engineers.

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