This Is The New Transport Trend Sweeping Europe

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Before the pandemic, the number of cycle lanes and on-demand bike share schemes were rocketing across Europe. Shared public transport–scooters, bikes, cars–worked on the assumption that people in modern cities wanted to jump on whatever transport was available nearby, using an application, and leave them at stations or spaces when finished.

But there is a new trend, fuelled by Covid-19 and the rise in popularity of e-bikes; in a pandemic, people don’t want to rub shoulders with anyone else, they don’t want to share transport with people they don’t know and they need to not be sweaty or out of breath when they arrive at their destination.

Now, as countries clear roads for cycle lanes, and investors pour money into new European transport, it seems the public is ready for a new transport model for cycling–that of longer-term bike rentals, via a subscription service.

EU cities, like Paris, are investing in cycle lanes…

Anne Hidalgo was reelected to office as Paris’ mayor three months ago for a second term–a term in which she is determined to stamp her environmental credentials, particularly before the Olympic Games arrive in 2024.

In an interview with French newspaper, Le Parisien, she stated her intent to double down on environmental projects stating “you can forget traveling from east to west through the city by car.”

50km of cycle paths were created when France came out of lockdown in May–dubbed ‘coronapistes’ by the press–but Hidalgo intends to add another 10km to these and make them permanent. The makeshift yellow markings, will in time, become permanent blocks.

Hidalgo intends to focus on two major mobility projects–one is to reserve a

The Technology 202: Here are seven takeaways from the House’s sweeping report concluding Silicon Valley is too powerful

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(Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post). 

The report could provide a regulatory blueprint for lawmakers who have significantly ramped up rhetoric criticizing the tech giants in recent years, but have yet to actually pass any laws that would significantly check the industry’s power. The report’s authors, all Democrats, hope it will be a turning point for how Washington approaches corporate consolidation.

Congress must revive its tradition of robust oversight over the antitrust laws and increased market concentration in our economy,” the report said. 

Here are our top seven takeaways after sifting through the nearly 450-page report:

1. It proposes some most sweeping revisions to antitrust law in decades.

The report proposes changing existing laws in ways that could have far-reaching effects throughout the entire economy. The report recommends:

  • New limits on companies operating in adjacent lines of business, which could impact how tech companies operate their marketplaces
  • Nondiscrimination requirements that would prevent large tech companies from giving their own products and services a boost over rivals
  • Requirements for interoperability and data portability, which would make it easier for consumers to switch from one company’s services to those of another
  • A shift in how antitrust enforcers review mergers (The report’s authors recommend regulators assume a tech giant’s acquisition is anticompetitive until the company proves otherwise)
  • A move to strengthen provisions in decades-old antitrust laws and updating them for the digital age
  • Stronger legal enforcement by overriding problematic precedents in antitrust case law
  • More private enforcement of antitrust law, through eliminating legal hurdles such as forced arbitration clauses

2. It’s also a scathing indictment of top antitrust enforcers.

The report says it’s not clear whether the Justice Department or the Federal Trade Commission are equipped to tackle anticompetitive mergers in the tech sector. It accuses the agencies