Hello from a Berlin bound high speed German train!
Kristy & I are escaping Amsterdam for two nights for our two year anniversary. Been awhile since we've both been in Berlin & our 1st time together!
I'm nearly there, so I'll keep the intro short & sweet this week.
Make sure to check out Ampler's new feature below, consider working only 4 days a week and, of course, bikes are gonna save cities (not autonomous cars). Don't believe me? Read on below!
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⚡️Ampler Commuter Stories - Yves
Yves uses his Ampler Curt every day to commute to the office and from one client meeting to another. We met up with Yves to hear his thoughts on cycling, e-bikes and commuting in Zurich rush hour traffic.
Gravel Bikes Exist Because Mountain Biking Is Now Boring
Are gravel bikes just retro mountain bikes?
Do you need tips from Ted King for riding (racing gravel?)
Think gravel is a fad?
The Rescue of American Bicycle Racing
A long read written from a USA perspective but I've heard the same laments here in Holland too.
Startups, Sales & PR
"Work expands so as to fill the Time available for its Completion."
~ Cyril Northcote Parkinson
4-Day Workweek Boosted Workers' Productivity By 40%, Microsoft Japan Says
Employees at Microsoft Japan worked four days a week, enjoyed a three-day weekend — and got their normal, five-day paycheck. As part of the trial, the company also capped meetings at 30 minutes.
All too often, meetings are a waste of time that kill productivity.
Berlin-based TIER claims title as fastest growing mobility company, announces $60 million Series B
"Since that last funding round in February, TIER Mobility has expanded operations to over 40 cities in 12 countries, releasing four iterations of scooter hardware. Since its launch a year ago, the company has surpassed 10 million rides, which they claim makes them the fastest growing mobility company in history."
TOP 50: Europe’s most influential women in the startup and venture capital space
Women are still heavily underrepresented in the startup world, so kudos to eu-startups.com for compiling this list of female entrepreneurs and investors from across Europe!
The vehicle of the future has two wheels, handlebars, and is a bike
[...] from where we stand, the most exciting form of transportation technology is more than 100 years old—and it’s probably sitting in your garage. It’s the bicycle.
Can 'nests' and eco bikes reduce the environmental impact of parcel delivery in cities?
predicted to have expanded by 20%quarter of global CO2 emissions
Commercial freight must change, said Glenn Castanheira, an urban retail consultant. “We need to look at [city hubs] the same way we look at public transportation,” he said. “It’s about optimising square footage for maximum efficiency.”
A lot of this data is euro-centric, for the USA readers: The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in North America.
A spotlight on Sweden's Mapillary: the street-level imagery platform mapping the world’s places
Mapillary is the street-level imagery platform that uses crowdsourced data to create a digital map of the world. Founded in 2013 in Malmo, Sweden, Mapillary has collected images from people and organizations across 190 countries and has mapped 8 million km of the world’s places from Europe to North and South America to Japan.
Silk Road Mountain Race 2020 | Komoot
The route for the third edition of the Silk Road Mountain Race has been announced! It is a small step up in terms of difficulty compared with the last two races, it will follow a 1804 kilometre route with roughly 30,500 meters of climbing.
It will again take riders through the remote mountain landscapes of the Tian Shan range in eastern Kyrgyzstan. There are however, a few notable changes, described in this exciting komoot collection!
Photography by Danil Usmanov, Rue Kaladyte and Antonio Abreu