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E-bike proposals "a huge safety risk" says Cycling UK and would "blur the line between e-bikes and electric motorbikes"

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Rebecca Morley

Rebecca has been in cycling journalism since 2018. She started out at trade title BikeBiz and still contributes features to its monthly magazine, and was also named one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2019.

5 comments

2 months 3 weeks ago

Motorcycles, Bicycles and Bicycles with limited assistance need to be kept recognisably and practically separate for the safety of all involved. I use all three so no bias to any one vulnerable road user group.

2 months 3 weeks ago

I don't get your greef. Regular, "legal" ebikers and mechanical bikers can reach 25mph with moderate effort and bikers on modern light-weight mechanical road bikes can pass 37mph. 

I can pedal a good roadie over 37. I can pedal a light mtb over 25. And I "cruise" my DH emtb at around 12. 

I can't push it past 25mph going downhill! 

 

And with all the highway code and licensing and taxes, how many killed by cars and how many killed, on a daily basis by any kind of bikes? Even damn sport motorbikes, with hundred horses between the legs?

2 months 3 weeks ago

Scare mongering quite simply most licensed required electric vehicles are beyond the power range of existing ebikes with type approved batteries for high charge and discharge rates. Not forgetting the highway code vs cycle lanes higher speeds will mean less people in those lanes per original advisory if you're often cruising at 18mph+ then you should be joining moving traffic.... Unless their going to change the cycle lanes laws again (shared paths should be limited as pedestrians rarely bother to check which side to walk on?).....

Strongly agree comments and replies should be updated 

2 months 3 weeks ago

In favour of an optional speed increase when pedalling but the twist and go change is dumb.

Also agree with Sriracha, being able to directly reply is nice.

2 months 3 weeks ago

This is the second rendition of this story on ebiketips.cc, where it might collect a handful of comments

Can it be moved to road.cc where it can be discussed on a comments system that does less to stifle input and responses?