Okay, let's get one thing straight, the e-bike featured in the video below is definitely NOT an 'electric bicycle.' Sure it looks like a bicycle and even has pedals, but so do a lot of mopeds - gas or electric - but that doesn't make it a 'bicycle' and it certainly doesn't conform to the U.S. gov't definition of an 'electric bicycle.'
By federal definition, an electric-assist bicycle cannot got faster than 20 mph using its electric motor alone. Clearly, this 'e-bike' does not meet that criteria and while the young man who created it is having a lot of fun on Mulholland Drive in California, he will find himself someday running afoul of the law.
The remedy is to create a 'fast e-bike' category that would require the same safety compliance as required motor scooters and motorcycles, as well as some form of registration and liability insurance: after all, hitting a pedestrian or other vehicle at 50 mph can be a lot more serious to both parties than a bicycle at 12-15 mph.
Watch the video and judge for yourself. Where does this 'fast e-bike' belong? In bicycle lanes and cycle paths or out on the street with motorcycles and automobiles?
Posted By: Bill Moore [15-Aug-2013]
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