mumbojumbo wrote:I recently saw a newly married couple riding an electric tandem on a by-way.The long rake near Youlgreave.Should such assisted riders share access to such routes.These are already churned up by horses without a fat couple on a bike weighing 60kg churning ever deeper gauges and gorges.If ever there was a case for lightweight cycling....
You say it's a byway, in which case it's open to all traffic - assisted, married or not. Even rude people are allowed to use it.
Or maybe you mean restricted byway? That's a more interesting question.
Here's one opinion I found:
E-bikes can be exempted from being classed as a ‘powered transporter’ if they meet certain criteria, including:
they must be fitted with pedals which can propel it;
the maximum power for the motor must not exceed 250 watts; and
the electrical assistance must cut out at a limit of 15½ miles per hour (25 kilometres an hour).
In other words powered cycles or L1e-A vehicles (see Article 4, 2(a)i !) as the UK & EU defines them.
Depending on the tandem spec, it may or may not be legal. Let's be generous and assume they're riding a L1e-A- compatible tandem, eh.