Bmblbzzz wrote:fastpedaller wrote:roubaixtuesday wrote:
Obesity and its demands on the NHS?
That's an extra reason that hadn't even occurred to me. I was thinking on a more idealistically rigorous level; it's simply replacing human-propulsion with motor-propulsion. It uses extra resources, obviously, but the main thing in my mind is that it starts the slide to abandoning pedalling completely; anyone who doubts that this will happen has only to look at the various illegal or modified e-bikes being ridden today (that complete their entire journeys on battery power alone) or look at the history of the moped.
I'd distinguish these people from those who are using electric assistance to allow them to do things the "reasonable cyclist" of jury mythology might do, such as ride at the pace of friends to the cafe, pull a heavy load, ride up a hill. That's a perfectly good use of e-bikes, and one I dare say I'll be making use of in a couple of decades. And those who are using e-bikes to replace car journeys are to be applauded.
There is no applauding or disapproving concerning e-bikes,they're here in the world and available to anyone and everyone who wishes to use them.As such those who choose to use them will,and if that means more people are turning pedals and cycling e-assisted or not,then that's got to be a good thing IMO.
Of course an explosion of e-bikes brings with it other problems which need to be overcome or accomodated for,but frankly I'd rather be harassed by too many cyclists e-assisted or otherwise than too many cars such as is the sorry state of most UK roads presently.Another plus is the more cyclists the lesser the chances poor cycling provision being ignored.
One things for sure e-bikes aren't going to go away,quite the opposite in fact so better see the positive side of them than complain that certain fit and able people shouldn't be using them,I'd have a lot more sympathy with complaints about able bodied people using a car for sub three mile journeys than with the same people using an e-bike.