hamish wrote:Your assertion that derestricting an ebike and saying that they won't go very fast is, I think, inaccurate.
It makes 5mph difference.
I know because I've tried several times.
Doubling the power doesn't double the speed.
hamish wrote:If I find myself in the position of being unable to ride at speed, my present bike would still work.
"Work" is meaningless, why would I want to make your life worse? Why shouldn't I allow you to have what you once had?
hamish wrote:And this isn't about me or you, so much as striking a right balance in terms of ebike regulation so that ebikes mix happily with other cyclists and walkers who have enough to contend with already and for whom the shared use paths should be a place of sanctuary rather than danger.
Cyclists are already a problem on shared paths, poor riding is the issue here, nothing to do with e-bikes.
Same as the roads, better enforcement or simply remove the right.
But you're right, it is about striking a balance.
Take your cargo bike for example. Why should we allow such vehicles?
It's heavier and therefore more dangerous. Less manoeuvrable, poorer brakes etc etc adding a motor to the mix hardly makes it safer does it? So why do it?
I should add I'm a fan of cargo bikes and making electric versions of them in my opinion is a no brainer.
The reason I believe that is because I want to remove cars from the road as much as possible and anything that can replace nearly two tons of metal is a good thing.
But I'm not so daft that I think people will make the switch without a good solid reason to do so.
Transport is about to go through a huge upheaval. Bicycles offer several advantages over cars, not least being that they're cheap to run but that's about to change.
My e-bike saved me £2k on train fares, over £1k on petrol but an EV has changed that dynamic.
I can now go to work and back for barely more than I spent in consumables on the ebike in a vehicle that's warm, comfy, safer, faster and doesn't require me to spend time oiling, cleaning, adjusting and generally getting dirty maintaining.
That's the reality of the future if it's not what you want then you need to decide how you want it to look and legislate to make it happen.
FWIW, a large percentage of e-bikes on the road are more than 250w anyway or derestricted.
Mine had a bug(?) in the controller, put it on maximum assist and hold the thumb throttle and it ignored both power limits and maximum speeds.
So I suspect that just like e-scooters all the whining about what's legal or not is moot and like most laws only affects the rigidly law abiding (which IME is almost no one).