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Bicycle Travel => Urban Cycling => Topic started by: Slow Lane on November 02, 2016, 05:28:00 pm

 
Title: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
Post by: Slow Lane 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?"
Title: Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
Post by: Storming 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  (http://www.bicycle-guider.com/best-entry-level-hybrid-bike/)daily it's quite annoying problem not to go faster if I want  :-\
Title: Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
Post by: RussSeaton 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.
Title: Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
Post by: BrianW 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.
Title: Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
Post by: Slow Lane 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.
Title: Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
Post by: Slow Lane 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. 
Title: Re: E-bikes in bike lanes: ok or invasive species?
Post by: Bclayden on August 18, 2019, 11:50:48 am
An e-bike is a bike with a motor. Also called a Motorbike. Motorbikes should.stay away from bike paths. Dangerous things to share a bike path with particularly in the bike-share towns where an e-bike is typically ridden by inexperienced kids or drunken tourists. As a cyclist I put e-bikes right up there with RVs....