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Offline Slow Lane

E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
« on: November 02, 2016, 05:28:00 pm »
Here in NYC, bike lanes are often multi-purpose, including speedways for E-bike delivery folk or just lazy riders.  I love the uphill bridge crossers pedaling at 5 rpm, but going 25 mph!  Anyway, my feeling is that if it has a throttle, it should not be in a bike lane.  What's the view from the "real world?"

Offline Storming

Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2016, 03:54:14 pm »
Doesn't bother me. But I'm sure that logical intelligence must remain that faster bikes on the left and slower on right. Driving my hybrid bike daily it's quite annoying problem not to go faster if I want  :-\
Ride en' joy

Offline RussSeaton

Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2016, 10:21:07 pm »
Guess I am not too up to date on E bikes.  I assumed their top speed was 20-25 mph.  High but normal pedal bike speeds.  They were not mopeds.  But the E bikes you see are essentially mopeds going 30+ mph?  Mopeds and bikes should not be sharing a bike lane.  I don't like to share the bike trails with walkers and dog walkers when I am on my bike.

Offline BrianW

Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2016, 09:04:47 am »
In Europe, where e-bikes are much more common, they are allowed on bike paths/routes as far as I have seen.

Offline Slow Lane

Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2016, 12:20:21 pm »
In Europe, where e-bikes are much more common, they are allowed on bike paths/routes as far as I have seen.

Yes, my cousin in Holland now has one, but there the riding skills are higher.  In my dense urban habitat there is possibly more competition for space.

Offline Slow Lane

Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2016, 12:21:51 pm »
Guess I am not too up to date on E bikes.  I assumed their top speed was 20-25 mph.  High but normal pedal bike speeds.  They were not mopeds.  But the E bikes you see are essentially mopeds going 30+ mph?  Mopeds and bikes should not be sharing a bike lane.  I don't like to share the bike trails with walkers and dog walkers when I am on my bike.

Many are indeed what I think of as a moped, but electric.