Monthly Archives: April 2015

E-Bikes are Motorized vehicles…

All the e-bikes I have seen in use are quite rapid. In fact, they are faster than many bicycle peddlers (those who pedal) can move their bikes.

The reason for is is the machine pedal-assist that sends the rider to speeds faster than many casual cyclists, but slower than the speed of a scooter or moped.

Has anyone asked the question about whether these are motorized vehicles?

I am leaning toward “yes” on this question.

The result would be that e-bikes would have NO place on recreational trails. In fact, these electric bicycles go so fast, I think they should go out to the streets with traffic.

Thoughts, rants, considerations?

Thanks for reading.

Jesse

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Stop Other-Side-of-the-Street Comments Drivers!

What is it about people who feel the need to say whatever they want to cyclists?

There is just so much rage against people who ride their bikes daily.

I am not saying cyclists are angels or anything, but NOBODY on this planet, as far as I know, is an angel.

Yet, still, some people, who are not even in the flow of traffic with a cyclist (a cyclist who is probably following traffic rules), feel the need to yell from THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET at a person on a bike.

This is absurd and immature.

And…it neither accomplishes any goals nor encourages dialogue.

In fact, it just adds to the stress of being on the road. Cars cause damage. A bike really will not in an accident. This means that the driver has a great deal of power – which also means they must rise to the occasion and specifically act like extraordinarily responsible traffic users. This is so because even if a cyclist has done something stupid or selfish on the road, it will not be the driver who gets hurt, it will be that cyclist.

Yes, it might be stressful for the driver to have to “worry” about how to get past a cyclist on a busy road, but one must realize that the cyclist has to worry about getting across every foot of that road at all times.

Yelling at that cyclist from the other side of the road adds unnecessary stress to a situation where none need be added.

Please avoid this habit.

If a cyclist is not in your path, and no such negotiation of road space must be worked out in that moment, you really don’t need to worry about them being there.

This way, everyone can be free to be where and how they are on the road.

Thanks for reading.

Jesse.

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