My Toyota’s speedometer claims that it can go 160 mph. Given that it’s a 4 cyl, I think that’s wishful thinking. There are no regulations banning my car, or any other car, from areas with lower speed limits.You keep potential speed down, a little, but add complexity to the rules and keep out some people with some revenue.
If I rode at 20 mph the whole time I would not be tolerated...everybody has a responsibility to control their vehicle
That never occurred to me. I agree, it would be awesome to be able to buy a class 3 ebike for use on the road. For trails I'm fine with class 1. I will be 54 very soon and while I can still pedal up, it's really hard and having some power would be nice. Class 1 would be all I need to get up the long steep hills.Unusual definition of class 3. I thought class 3 was typically 45 KM/h, but with no throttle. Raleigh has a class 3 bike with a throttle option, but if you engage the throttle it drops the assisted speed from 45 KM/h down to 32 KM/h to comply with class 2 rules in most jurisdictions, since class 3 is usually throttle-less.
What's interesting about this for me is that it seems to be presaging new motor vehicles rules for British Columbia. At present, BC's motor vehicle act doesn't have the 3 class system, but them using it in their new parks policy suggests they're anticipating updates to bring the 3 class system to our motor vehicle act. That'd be pretty awesome.
I used to think there was no need for a throttle but having encountered several very elderly and /or handicapped cyclists using a throttle I understand now that they can be a wonderful thing.That never occurred to me. I agree, it would be awesome to be able to buy a class 3 ebike for use on the road. For trails I'm fine with class 1. I will be 54 very soon and while I can still pedal up, it's really hard and having some power would be nice. Class 1 would be all I need to get up the long steep hills.
Agreed. There’s a contingent of mountain bikers out there who’s thinking goes something like this :Speed limits would likely have as much effect as class restrictions, as only the law abiding would honor either.
Unfortunately speed is only a small part of the issue. I would encourage anyone involved with ebiking to contact their legislators and regulators to find out all the reasoning behind the regulations. Being involved in access issues locally I've found the explanations much more complex than just the speed issue. Some regulators know nothing about ebikes and others know a lot. Then there are some that know nothing and don't even want to learn. We need to be the educators, the ambassadors for ebikes. But going in with an all or nothing attitude won't work because the other side have tax paying citizens too, with the same mindset. They have an easier path to victory. They feel 'we were doing fine without ebikes, keep them banned'. Or, 'this new headache is too much trouble. Ban them all'.
Regulators and legislators have to balance everyone's concerns. It's much easier to work for better and more access from the inside. As for speed limits, I fear most will not be happy when they are enforced. I've seen many trails and paths with speed limits and none have been higher than 15 mph and I've seen limits as low as 9 mph. That wouldn't go over well with acoustic or assisted riders.