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Leave your car and ride an e-bike for 2 weeks! Come on EF-ers!

Hi!

It's happening in all parts of CH this summer, from May till end of September: You leave your car keys and you can try for 2 weeks an electric bike or an e-scooter. For free. Can be combined with Mobility Carsharing.

All participating shops can be found here: bike4car.ch (site and explanations are in GE, FR, IT)

Also in Genève, Lausanne, Vevey-Montreux, Lugano/Mendrisio,...
Also in Zürich, Bern, St-Gall, Winterthur,...



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Old 07.05.2015, 19:25
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Re: Leave your car and ride an e-bike for 2 weeks! Come on EF-ers!

Sounds cool, but they need to change the picture from a pile of car parts.

My first impression was that they do rather more than a swap
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Re: Leave your car and ride an e-bike for 2 weeks! Come on EF-ers!

That woud be lot's fun, you come back and... no car, just parts
Don't worry, they just keep the keys.
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Old 07.05.2015, 19:39
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Re: Leave your car and ride an e-bike for 2 weeks! Come on EF-ers!

Sorry, distrusting dutch person here. Not going to hand over my car keys in exchange for an e-bike??
Especially not whilst I have a perfectly good working bike (I am Dutch after all....)
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Re: Leave your car and ride an e-bike for 2 weeks! Come on EF-ers!

That would mean fewer complaints in the First World Problem thread
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Old 07.05.2015, 21:54
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Re: Leave your car and ride an e-bike for 2 weeks! Come on EF-ers!

Basically, that is what we just did. Moved from hilly Neuchâtel where I drove our car every day to the flat town of Bienne. Now our car just sits there and I ride my e-bike plus trailer everywhere. Love it! This will be for more than two weeks though.
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Old 07.05.2015, 22:23
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Sorry, distrusting dutch person here. Not going to hand over my car keys in exchange for an e-bike??
Especially not whilst I have a perfectly good working bike (I am Dutch after all....)
I agree. Im willing to try the ebike but my car keys stay with me!
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Re: Leave your car and ride an e-bike for 2 weeks! Come on EF-ers!

In most shops participating to bike4car.ch you would normally leave car keys, number plate, or driving licence, in exchange of the e-bike. You also sign a contract where you commit to not using your car during 2 weeks and take full responsibility of the e-bike.

On the other hand, the participating Coop Brico+Loisirs / Coop Bau+Hobby do not take car keys. And there you simply commit to not using your car during the 2 weeks.

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Old 08.05.2015, 14:24
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Re: Leave your car and ride an e-bike for 2 weeks! Come on EF-ers!

As I normally only use my car when I have to move stuff that doesn't fit on a motorcycle, I don't see the point of this.

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Old 08.05.2015, 14:36
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Re: Leave your car and ride an e-bike for 2 weeks! Come on EF-ers!

Why not a real bike and get fit at the same time?
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Re: Leave your car and ride an e-bike for 2 weeks! Come on EF-ers!

does it have to be two weeks ? I woudl like to try one for a day but I can't for two weeks as most of the time im ferrying kids around. Seems a bit limiting if you have to scrap teh car for 2 weeks, most people can't do that.
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Why not a real bike and get fit at the same time?
I'm really not sure who this is aimed at - surely most folks who live close enough to work for an e-bike's range to be usable would just be able to use a pedal cycle anyway? Or a bus, tram or whatever.

As I understand it, effective range on most e-bikes tends to be in the 15-20km order, so a commute of less than 10km would be the maximum possible (unless you recharge during the day too), and surely anyone who can ride an e-bike, which needs you to pedal at all times anyway, can manage that sort of distance?
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I'm really not sure who this is aimed at - surely most folks who live close enough to work for an e-bike's range to be usable would just be able to use a pedal cycle anyway? Or a bus, tram or whatever.

As I understand it, effective range on most e-bikes tends to be in the 15-20km order, so a commute of less than 10km would be the maximum possible (unless you recharge during the day too), and surely anyone who can ride an e-bike, which needs you to pedal at all times anyway, can manage that sort of distance?
Older people use E-bikes where I live as the power-assistance is really helpful to them on the steep hills.
I'm sure these people wouldn't be cycling at all if there were no E-bikes as they just don't have the muscles to get up the hills.
But they seem to be using them for recreation and not work.
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Re: Leave your car and ride an e-bike for 2 weeks! Come on EF-ers!

I was totally i love with my E bike until 1) some b**d nearly mowed me down 2) it died & the battery can't be replaced. It is now sitting gathering dust until I can find the strength to part with it as it is still so beautiful, but it is too heavy without the power & the hills are unmanageable for me. The feeling you have when you can ride UP hills that you know you'd never manage without a little assistance is amazing. Now I have to decide whether to buy a new one.
I rode it quite a lot, going to the market to buy veg instead of using the car or for trundles around the countryside. Now it's either walking or in the car.
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does it have to be two weeks ? I woudl like to try one for a day but I can't for two weeks as most of the time im ferrying kids around. Seems a bit limiting if you have to scrap teh car for 2 weeks, most people can't do that.
My local Landi had a sign stuck on the door, offering a days rental for 40,00 or a weekend for 80,00.
Money refunded, on purchase of a new e-bike, from the store.

It was a computer generated, plain paper sign, as opposed to an official logo bearing one - so whether this is across all stores, or just one store operating autonomously, is unknown.
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I was totally i love with my E bike until 1) some b**d nearly mowed me down 2) it died & the battery can't be replaced. It is now sitting gathering dust until I can find the strength to part with it as it is still so beautiful, but it is too heavy without the power & the hills are unmanageable for me. The feeling you have when you can ride UP hills that you know you'd never manage without a little assistance is amazing. Now I have to decide whether to buy a new one.
I rode it quite a lot, going to the market to buy veg instead of using the car or for trundles around the countryside. Now it's either walking or in the car.
Any battery can be replaced. Wherever an item exists, you can be sure that someone somewhere is selling a replacement battery.

What Model E-bike is it?
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I'm really not sure who this is aimed at - surely most folks who live close enough to work for an e-bike's range to be usable would just be able to use a pedal cycle anyway? Or a bus, tram or whatever.

As I understand it, effective range on most e-bikes tends to be in the 15-20km order, so a commute of less than 10km would be the maximum possible (unless you recharge during the day too), and surely anyone who can ride an e-bike, which needs you to pedal at all times anyway, can manage that sort of distance?
Our e-bike is perfect for me. It gives me a little push when going uphill, hauling a trailer with a kid and two bags of groceries and needing to push another kid on his bike at the same time!
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Any battery can be replaced. Wherever an item exists, you can be sure that someone somewhere is selling a replacement battery.
What Model E-bike is it?
The battery is integrated in the wheel which can only be found on Chinese wholesale sites. They did not of course tell me that when I bought it & they have since closed down. We took it to various E bike places (wrote on another thread already). Only thing they suggest is adding a whole new battery externally which will cost chf 1,000 + make it even heavier.
The only advice I got was scrap it & buy a new bike with an external battery (Bosch).
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The battery is integrated in the wheel which can only be found on Chinese wholesale sites.
In the wheel?!!! Are you sure?! That sounds like the technically worst place to put something heavy on a bike - you'd have to constantly use more power to keep heavy wheels running but in exchange get a much worse breaking power... and if your bike has a suspension do you naturally put as little weight as possible on the other end of the spring...
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