Public transport left in limbo as the nation gets on its bike

Among technologists, the sudden surge in pedestrianisation is vindication that bets on so-called micro-mobility companies – scooter and bicycle hire start-ups – could be about to pay off.

Micro in scope

Martin Mignot, partner at Index Ventures who have invested in companies such as scooter company Bird, says: “People have been rushing to buy scooters and e-bikes. That is only going to grow in the next three months. Most people in London don’t own a car. The only option is get on a bike or get on micro-mobility.”

Mignot says many of the trends were prevalent before lockdown, but with

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Thailand’s lockdown exit leaves traditional massage industry in limbo

BANGKOK — The social distancing measures required to fight COVID-19 have been painful for Thailand’s traditional massage and medicine sector, which has been shut down by controls aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus and will continue to face restrictions as the country slowly emerges from its nationwide lockdown.

Yumiko Kase, the Japanese CEO of the Asia Herb Association, one of Thailand’s most successful therapeutic massage chains, says the crisis makes previous bouts of political turmoil and flooding that have disrupted business look like “mere inconveniences.” But she and other industry leaders believe the 2,000-year-old industry will recover.

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