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Bikeshare start-up HumanForest suspend service and make job cuts to "improve e-bike"

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Jack Sexty

Jack is the news editor here at eBikeTips, and also edits the live blog and writes tech news over on our sister site road.cc. Jack first became fascinated with e-bikes when an elderly gentleman breezed past him without a care in the world up a big old hill in North Wales - thus realising e-bikes are the real deal! Although he genuinely enjoys time trials and lung-busting climbs without assistance, Jack likes nothing more than cruising round town on an e-bike during his days off.   

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1 month 2 weeks ago

Hi there, the reason I used the word 'accident' on this occasion is because the company is quoted verbatim. Afer re-reading I see the quote marks were missed in the strapline - this has now been edited, my apologies for the confusion. 

You're correct that we don't know how or why the incident happened, as we haven't received any further details. 

1 month 3 weeks ago

Hello - you have used the word "accident" several times in this article. Was it actually an avoidable incident, brought about by rushing the bikes onto the streets before adequate risk assessments and other safety checks had been carried out? I wouldn't repeat what the company called it without proof that it was just - oops - an "accident"? 

Only this week Laura Laker and Martin Porter launched a consultation on the use of language in reporting. They had an article in the Guardian discussing how important language is. Please see https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2020/sep/28/why-we-need-media-reporting-guidelines-for-road-safety for information.