Power assisted mobility scooters and e-bikes are not the problem on the bike path.Most of these vehicles average 85 to 100 KGS.=,not a three hundred pound missile as some of the media would have you believe.
The bike that Bill Kingston is referring to as a chopper/Motorcycle is owned by an mature male adult driver that we have met on the trails many times and it is grossly unfair in my opinion to single out this individual and use him as a benchmark for all e-bike/power assisted bike owners.
My experience with this bike rider has been nothing but polite and respectful use of the pathways. Their is no fair reason to criticize the bike and rider based on appearance only. The theory that this is an accident waiting to happen is a cruel comment to say the least. The possibility of physical injury any vehicle such as a mobility scooter or power assisted wheelchair could cause to an individual at any speed when coming in contact is also a great risk if people do not behave in a respectful and responsible manner.
The maximum speed for an e-bike is 20 miles per hour. The speed at which the spandex wearing club riders on multiple speed racing/mountain bikes in most cases far exceeds this. The bottom line is behavior, for example pedestrians walking 3 and four abreast,pet owners with dogs not leashed running loose all over the recreation path,joggers and pedestrians with I-Pods stuck in their ears and are completely oblivious to bikes etc. approaching from the rear,90% of the non e-bikes who are not equipped with a sounding device such as a bell or horn,many juveniles who are required by law to wear head protection not doing so.
This bike path which has morphed into a recreation path for these activities which I will list such as,Joggers,mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs, roller bladers,e-bikes,mothers walking with children in strollers,pedestrian strolling along the path and also at times skateboards. If we all behave responsibly I am convinced that there will be no problems regarding safety for all who use this valuable asset.
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