The launching of the ALTER BIKE (under the brand Gitane), a new concept of electric bicycles which relieves the user from most of the usual constraints of electric mobility

The launching of the ALTER BIKE (under the brand Gitane), a new concept of electric bicycles which relieves the user from most of the usual constraints of electric mobility

No plug-in infrastructure for charging is necessary, lighter weight and range availability on demand.

Presented on the 30th of May 2013, at the 20th Congress of “Le club des Villes et Territoires Cyclables” in Nice, ALTER BIKE (brand Gitane) is a real revolutionary innovation in electric bicycles. A partnership of three French firms – Cycleurope, Pragma Industries and Ventec – have developed this new bicycle concept with the target of being a highly ecological and economical means of powered transport.


Nice (France), the 30th of May 2013

In line with the enthusiasm observed these past years around cycling and especially around high added value products such as electric bicycles, ALTER BIKE is the first industrialized bicycle in its category to use a hydrogen fuel cell, thus solving two major user constraints as underlined:

  • Ease of operation, thanks to the instant replacement of ready-to-use energy cartridges thus eliminating any plug-in socket requirement and therefore no recharging time.
  • Due to this new technology, the range flexibility of the electric bike adapts to the user requirements in a clever way. Each fuel cartridge conditions the distance and therefore the user takes the necessary quantity depending on the daily trip.

This breakthrough has been developed and adapted to bikes, thanks to the association of the three French enterprises:

  • Cycleurope, designer, manufacturer and distributor of bicycles, the firm is a European leader on the electric bicycle market;
  • Pragma Industries, innovative company that develops a new concept of hydrogen fuel cells particularly suitable for portable applications and electric mobility;
  • Ventec, a firm specialized in the conception and the production of BMS (Battery Management System) for lithium batteries. Ventec is the leader in this field in France.

The ALTER BIKE innovation relies on a group of technological solutions including a new breed of hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen chemical storage in recyclable canisters, as well as hybrid electronic architecture balancing power needs between the Li-ion battery and the hydrogen fuel cell.

Jérôme Valentin, CEO of Cycleurope Industries France comments “We welcome the partnership with Pragma Industries and Ventec, as it complements our technological expertise and know-how in the bike industry. This innovative platform opens immense opportunities in the fast growing field of electric bikes, which is one of the key strategic segments we have chosen to invest in.”

Pierre Forté, CEO of Pragma Industries states “Pragma is proud to work with Cycleurope and Ventec to design the first product that will integrate our patented open-cathode fuel cell technology. As our fuel cell is specifically designed for mass manufacturing, coupled with recyclable fuel cartridges, it brings a great added value to the industrial strategy of our partners“.

We believe that the combination of a fuel cell and a lithium battery provides the best of both technologies: power and range and this bike is true proof” said Cedric Loubiat technical director of Ventec. “With the collaboration of Cycleurope and Pragma companies, we have designed and assembled in a record time this complex and extremely innovative prototype.”

The objective is to market the Alter Bike early 2014 aiming at public organizations and in 2016 towards the general public.

About Cycleurope


Cycleurope is amongst the top European manufacturer of bicycles. It produces more than one million of bicycles, through its 3 units of production in Europe. The firm owns 11 brands (Bianchi, Gitane, Definitive, Puch, DBS, Monark, Crescent, Kildemoes, Everton, Legnano) and has the license for the brand Peugeot. Cycleurope also markets and sells its own range of parts & accessories under the brands Spectra and Tec.

In France, the company Cycleurope is based in Romilly (Aube) with its R&D center, its laboratory and its production facility. This site is the competence center for electric bicycles for Cycleurope Group.

Cycleurope Group is present in more than 50 countries in the World with subsidiaries across Europe, in Japan, and in the USA.

About Pragma Industries

Pragma Industries has designed of a new fuel cell architecture suitable for high-throughput production. Additionally, the technology created and developed allows a two-fold manufacturing cost reduction and a 50% weight decrease.

Created in 2004 and located in Bidart (64), Pragma Industries offers efficient and competitive solutions for two target markets: Research/Education and Industry for portable and e-mobility applications. All these solutions are produced in France, in the company’s manufacturing facilities.

About Ventec

Ventec is an alliance of competences in the electric vehicle industrial field and the hardware and software design for the management of Lithium batteries. Leveraging on its broad and proven expertise, Ventec ensures the performance and the safety of the lithium battery management whatever the application; Electric cars, light and heavy electric quadricycles, Electric tricycles and scooters, Electric bicycles and autonomous street lights.

CycleNav Smart Bike Navigator

CycleNav Smart Bike Navigator

Schwinn Debuts CycleNav Smart Bike Navigator at Consumer Electronics Show Unveiled Media Event

See where to go and hear when to turn with Schwinn’s new CycleNav patent-pending smart bike navigation system

Las Vegas, Nevada – January 06, 2014 – Schwinn, a brand of Dorel Industries (TSX: DII.B, DII.A), unveiled theCycleNav Smart Bike Navigator, the brand’s first-ever mobile appcessory at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Unveiled. Schwinn CycleNav is a free mobile application paired with a handlebar-mounted smart-bike navigation unit designed to give riders turn-by-turn audio and visual navigation from their handlebars.

CycleNav is the first navigation device that, when connected to a smart phone via Bluetooth, provides audio commands and visual light indicators to direct riders to their desired destination. With your phone in your pocket, basket or bag, your hands are free to steer while CycleNav speaks directions and flashes turn indicators. With your attention on the road and not on your phone, any type of bike riding you’re doing – from exploring new trails or commuting to work – is safer and easier than ever before.

Choosing a route to ride is simple: enter the destination address and CycleNav provides route options based on terrain and also offers you the shortest route option, by both time and distance. Need to make a stop along the way? CycleNav allows you to add a stop during your trip or to create a custom route. If you miss the audible directions, CycleNav will repeat the last instruction with a click of the center chrome button; this button on your CycleNav is located just inches away from your handlebars, ensuring your attention and hands are focused on riding safely. As an added bonus, CycleNav also acts as a bicycle headlight.

At the end of your trip, the CycleNav application records statistics from your journey, including distance, duration and calories burned, giving you a complete snapshot of your ride. Share your ride stats with friends through social networking integration. Challenge other riders with MapMyRide through uploading your ride history.

The app marks Schwinn’s first entree into the world of mobile technology, continuing the brand’s legacy of innovation and advancement of bike riding for the masses. CycleNav is available for free download via the Apple App Store and Google Play on January 15, 2014. Schwinn CycleNav will be available at Walmart stores in the bicycling section in spring 2014 for a price of $59.99.

Team Garmin-Sharp Announce Partnership with POC

Team Garmin-Sharp Announce Partnership with POC

Team Garmin-Sharp Announce Partnership with POC

(Stockholm, Sweden – January 10, 2014) – POC and Team Garmin-Sharp today announced a three-year partnership. Beginning in January 2014, Swedish company POC is the official helmet and eyewear supplier of Team Garmin-Sharp, the American professional cycling team dedicated to ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling champions.

We pride ourselves in working with best-in-class partners to develop equipment that helps our riders perform at their best. POC is another great example of a superior partnership and we are thrilled to add them to the Slipstream family”, says Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Team Garmin-Sharp.

Commenting on the partnership, Stefan Ytterborn, POC CEO and founder says:

We are now entering the road bike scene and we need to go all in and support our mission of doing everything we can to possibly save lives and reduce the consequences of accidents, and at the same time assist with performance through advances in technology. With Team Garmin-Sharp’s spirit, values and attitude, we have found a perfect partner. Together we will come up with even better, safer and faster products for the team and in their quest to win, but also benefit road cyclists around the world who will be able to use the same products and innovations for training and racing.”

POC, a leading manufacturer of skiing and mountain biking helmets, body armor and accessories, will provide the team with helmets and eyewear. Riders for Team Garmin-Sharp will be using the award-winning and storied Octal helmet, the Octal Aero and the Tempor TT helmet.

When it comes to the eyewear, the team will choose from a number of different frames, ranging from the striking DID’s to the soon-to-be-released DO Blades. DO Blade has been developed in collaboration with 2012 Giro D’Italia champion, Garmin-Sharp’s Ryder Hesjedal, and Olympic TT Silver medalist Gustav Larsson – both POC team athletes.

POC will also produce additional products with specifically engineered properties to serve specific needs, depending on discipline and circumstances.

“I really believe the POC range of helmets is revolutionary in bringing new levels of comfort, aerodynamics and cooling to the market”, says Dan Martin, Team Garmin-Sharp. “I am blown away by POC’s advanced design and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them this season”, adds Martin.

POC is just about to release AVIP, it’s first road bike specific range including helmets, apparel, eyewear and accessories. AVIP stands for Attention, Visibility, Interaction and Protection and is POC’s most ambitious initiative to date, promoting safety for road cyclists.

The blue color of the Octal and the Do Blade is called “Garminum Blue”, and is a salute to the team and will be used for competition. Since visibility is a key factor to road bike safety and to support the idea behind AVIP, the highly visible orange version of the Octal helmet will be the first choice for team Garmin-Sharp when training.

Starting with Australian National Championships in January, team Garmin-Sharp will be wearing POC helmets and eyewear around the world, from the Tour Down Under to The Tour de France to Liege-Baston-Liege.

About Slipstream Sports

Owned and managed by Slipstream Sports, Team Garmin-Sharp is dedicated to promoting ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling champions. Team Garmin-Sharp competes in a full schedule of professional cycling races in the U.S. and Europe. Additional information is available at

About POC

POC is a Swedish company, built on a strong mission to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences for gravity sport athletes and cyclists. More information at

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POC Octal Aero:

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POC Tempor Time Trial Helmet:

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The world’s biggest bicycle themed conference 2013

The world’s biggest bicycle themed conference 2013


  •  In keeping with the motto “The Sound of Cycling”, Vienna welcomes 1,200 experts from all continents.
  •  330 speakers will make urban cycling cultures the number one topic of 400 discussions, seminars and workshops.
  •  60 outstanding, international projects to promote cycling cultures will be honoured with Cycling Visionaries Awards.
  • All of Vienna is keen on cycling and will share in the multifaceted Velo-city side events and the Vienna Cycling Week.
  • During the Year of Cycling 2013, new infrastructure-related measures promote cycling in the city.

Vienna, 11 June 2013: Vienna inaugurates Velo-city 2013, the world’s biggest bicycle-themed conference: from 11 to 14 June, this large-scale event reflecting the motto “The Sound of Cycling – Urban Cycling Cultures” will be organised by the City of Vienna in co-operation with the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF). 1,200 experts from all continents will discuss the future of cycling, and 60 outstanding, innovative projects aiming to promote cycling cultures will receive awards.

“Velo-city 2013 unites 1,200 international experts from the fields of urban planning and urban development, politics, science, health and architecture as well as from numerous advocacy groups and NGOs in Vienna. We are very happy about this extraordinary interest, as it makes Vienna the host of the world’s biggest bicycle-themed conference“, Mayor Michael Häupl welcomed the guests of Velo-city 2013.


“Vienna is one of the leading ‘smart cities’ and aims to increase the modal split share of cycling from currently six to ten percent by 2015. 2013 was declared the Vienna Year of Cycling, and we are implementing numerous infrastructure-related measures to render cycling in the city even more attractive. This calls for creative ideas and an international exchange of knowledge. We are also delighted to honour 60 outstanding, international projects that aim to promote cycling cultures with the Cycling Visionaries Awards. One thing is already certain: the conference participants and the City of Vienna share one common goal – to promote cycling all over the world. We expect an extremely interesting know-how exchange and will share our knowledge as a leading metropolis in the field of transport development with other cities”, Deputy Mayor Maria Vassilakou stated during her inauguration address.

Manfred Neun, President of the European Cyclists’ Federation, added, “For the international developments in cycling and urban mobility infrastructure, cities like Vienna are very important because they take up on new trends, promote creativity and innovative ideas and develop their own cycling cultures and communities. This boosts the popularity of cycling even further. We are especially delighted that the Velo-city conference will take place in one of Europe’s great capitals of culture.”

Austria switches to the bike

“Cycling is a booming sector – and that’s a good thing! In my capacity as Federal Minister for Transport, I believe it is high time to abandon entrenched conflicts. Rather, I place my hopes in the peaceful, equitable and respectful coexistence, as well as the maximum safety and security, of all road users. The new set of legal provisions for cycling traffic provides for more space, greater safety and clearcut rules“, was the position taken by Doris Bures, Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology.

“It is high time to switch to the bike to make sure that we will be able to change over to sustainable energy use in traffic as well. The implementation of the Austrian Cycling Master Plan has already entailed the increase of the modal split share of cycling from five to seven percent on a national scale. Courtesy of measures such as the klima:aktiv mobil counselling and subsidy programs, we are very confident about attaining our goal of a ten-percent modal split share for cycling by 2015. This makes Austria one of the fastest-growing cycling countries in Europe”, Nikolaus Berlakovich, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, stated during the Velo-city inauguration ceremony.


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The Velo-city conference series

The Velo-city conferences serve as global communication and information platforms to provide decision-makers with ideas and impulses for the planning and implementation of cycling infrastructure in urban environments. Every year, the Velo-city conferences bring together more than 1,000 planners, architects, engineers, social marketers, businesspeople, industry representatives, academic researchers, environmental activists, executives and administrative experts in a selected metropolis to share their know-how and establish networks for the promotion of cycling worldwide. The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is the initiator and co-organiser of the Velo-city conferences.


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German translation

Weltgrößte Fahrradkonferenz, die Velo-city 2013, ist in Wien eröffnet

  • Unter dem Motto „The Sound of Cycling“ begrüßt Wien 1.200 ExpertInnen aus allen Kontinenten.
  • 330 Speaker machen Urban Cycling Cultures in 400 Diskussionen, Seminaren und Workshops zum Thema Nummer Eins.
  • 60 herausragende, internationale Projekte rund um Fahrradkulturen werden mit den Cycling Visionaries Awards ausgezeichnet.
  • Ganz Wien begeistert sich fürs Radfahren und schaut beim facettenreichen Velo-city Rahmenprogramm und der Radwoche vorbei.
  • Im Radjahr 2013 fördern neue Infrastrukturmaßnahmen den Radverkehr in der Stadt.

Wien, 11. Juni 2013: Die weltgrößte Fahrradkonferenz, die Velo-city 2013, ist in Wien eröffnet: Von 11. bis 14. Juni wird das Großereignis unter dem Motto “The Sound of Cycling – Urban Cycling Cultures” von der Stadt Wien gemeinsam mit der European Cyclists‘ Federation (ECF) veranstaltet. 1.200 ExpertInnen aus allen Kontinenten diskutieren die Zukunft des Radfahrens und 60 herausragende, innovative Projekte rund um Fahrradkulturen werden prämiert.

„Die Velo-city 2013 versammelt 1.200 internationale ExpertInnen aus den Bereichen Städteplanung und -entwicklung, Politik, Wissenschaft, Gesundheit, Architektur sowie Interessensvertretungen und NGOs in Wien. Wir freuen uns über dieses ausordentlich große Interesse, denn damit ist Wien Gastgeber der weltgrößten Fahrradkonferenz“, begrüßte Bürgermeister Michael Häupl die Gäste der Velo-city 2013.

„Wien ist eine der führenden ‚smart cities‘ und wir streben bis 2015 eine Steigerung des Anteils der RadfahrerInnen von bisher sechs auf zehn Prozent an. Das Jahr 2013 wurde in Wien zum Radjahr ausgerufen und wir arbeiten an zahlreichen Infrastrukturmaßnahmen, um Fahrradfahren in der Stadt noch attraktiver zu machen. Dafür braucht es kreative Ideen und internationalen Wissensaustausch. Es freut uns sehr, heute 60 herausragende, internationale Projekte rund um Fahrradkulturen mit den Cycling Visionaries Awards auszuzeichnen. Eines ist heute schon sicher: Mit den Konferenzteilnehmerinnen und -teilnehmern verbindet uns ein gemeinsames Ziel: Das Radfahren weltweit zu fördern. Wir erwarten einen hoch spannenden Austausch von Know-how und werden unser Wissen als eine der Top-Städte in der Verkehrsentwicklung an andere Städte weitergeben“, sagte Vizebürgermeisterin Maria Vassilakou anlässlich der Eröffnung.

Manfred Neun, Präsident der European Cyclists‘ Federation, ergänzte: „Für die internationalen Entwicklungen im Radverkehr und in der urbanen Mobilitätsinfrastruktur sind Städte wie Wien sehr wichtig, weil sie neue Trends aufgreifen und eigene Fahrradkulturen und Communities entwickeln. Dadurch wird Radfahren noch populärer. Wir freuen uns ganz besonders, dass diese Velo-city Konferenz in einer der großen Kulturhauptstädte Europas stattfindet.“

Österreich steigt um auf’s Rad

„Der Radverkehr boomt – und das ist gut so! Als Verkehrsministerin ist es mir wichtig, dass wir von eingefahrenen Konflikten wegkommen. Mir geht es um ein friedliches, gleichberechtigtes und rücksichtsvolles Miteinander – und um die größtmögliche Sicherheit für alle Verkehrsteilnehmer. Mit dem neuen Fahrradpaket sorgen wir für mehr Raum, mehr Sicherheit und klare Regeln für den Radverkehr“, sagte Verkehrsministerin Doris Bures anlässlich der Eröffnung der Velo-city Konferenz.

„Es ist höchste Zeit umzusteigen, damit wir auch im Verkehrsbereich die Energiewende schaffen. Mit der Umsetzung des Masterplans Radfahren konnte der Radverkehrsanteil in Österreich bereits von fünf Prozent auf sieben Prozent gesteigert werden. Dank unserer Maßnahmen wie den klima:aktiv mobil Beratungs- und Förderprogrammen werden wir unser Ziel von 10 Prozent Radverkehrsanteil bis 2015 erreichen. Damit zählt Österreich europaweit zu den Aufsteigern im Radverkehr”, sagte Umweltminister Nikolaus Berlakovich abschließend.

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Die Velo-city Konferenzreihe

Die Velo-city Konferenzen sind globale Kommunikations- und Informationsplattformen mit dem Ziel, EntscheidungsträgerInnen Ideen und Impulse für die Planung und Umsetzung der Radinfrastruktur im urbanen Lebensraum zu geben. Jährlich versammeln sich in einer ausgewählten Metropole mehr als 1.000 PlanerInnen, ArchitektInnen, TechnikerInnen, Social-Marketing-ExpertInnen, VertreterInnen der Industrie und Wirtschaft, WissenschafterInnen, UmweltaktivistInnen, ManagerInnen und VerwaltungsbeamtInnen, die ihr Know-how miteinander teilen und sich vernetzen, um das Radfahren weltweit zu fördern. Die European Cyclists‘ Federation (ECF) ist Initiatorin und Auftraggeberin der Velo-city Konferenzen.



Michaela Muttenthaler und Doris Passler

Grayling Austria

International Media Relations

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Andreas Baur

Mediensprecher Vizebürgermeisterin Maria Vassilakou

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+43 664 831 74 49

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Communications officer European Cyclists‘ Federation asbl

[email protected]

+32 2 880 92 81

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Cycle advocate speaks at House of Commons

Cycle advocate speaks at House of Commons

cyclecomonsKatja Leyendecker spoke to MPs at the House of Commons as a witness to the Transport Select committee.

Katja Leyendecker, chair of the group, says “It’s been both a nerve-racking and exhilarating experience. I think I got my point across, that the real debate is about better cities, and we have to start taking cycling seriously as a cornerstone of a liveable and resilient city. We must end its silent absence and build cycleways. And I seem to have found a convert and ally in one MP too, who said it was good that I kept the session on track.”


Here’s what Katja said.

“I think the question might be a completely different one and not so much about safety at all. I think it is about the future of our cities and how we want to run our cities. We were talking – beforehands – about education and enforcement and I think we have done that. We have done that in London and we have done that outside London. And it is actually the engineering bit that is missing. It has been done in bit and pieces, but not in a continuous, and certainly not in a holistic, look at the City or at the city of Newcastle for example.

“Of course, we as humans react in a certain kind of way and there are a lot of subliminal messages that you get as a drivers, as a cyclist, as someone who is walking in London or Newcastle or anywhere else. They way it’s been tackled elsewhere is to take that human behaviour into account, and therefore have something which you could almost call forgiving design. So that behaviour that might be that cyclists wobbling about that’s what cyclists do when they start and therefore you’d need a certain kind of lane width or path width. There is actually a lot of Rosa Parks, I would say, stuff going on that cyclists do. We talked before about cyclists going through red lights. There is certain countries, the cycle-friendly ones, who have started to design those things in. Where you have got a permanent green left, or on the continent it would be a right arrow, for cyclists. Where people have observed cyclists and have then found why cyclists do these things and actually allowed for it in the road design – which might be cycle lanes, cycleways, but it also has to be our junctions, they way our traffic lights are phased and all the wider picture around that. But the very started point is the human being and we are making mistakes. Every one of us. It’s just when one person makes a mistake sitting in a car or even a lorry that mistake costs so much more.”

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