Mark,I feel like I only asked you to do one thing -- go back and reread my comment, more carefully -- and you didn't. You keep going on in your replies to me about what regulations should & shouldn't be, downhill top speeds, etc, while I never discussed that aspect in the first place. All I ever said was that what you advocated -- "cruising at 35mph in bike lines" (you literally, explicitly said cruising, clearly implying not just going downhill!) -- was not safe IMO, people should not do it, whether their bikes and local laws allow them or not.
I'm not sure what more I can do but to ask you one more time to reread my actual words, and not read anything more into them. Otherwise ... peace, we'll just have to agree to disagree.
My intent is not to anger anyone. The speed debate is something commonly being discussed and debated. Everyone has an opinion on it.
I do believe the federal law for eBikes states that the assist can go as high as the rider is actively engaged and a typically geared bike allows a reasonable cadence to as high as 35mph...maybe higher for many road bikes.
Higher speeds do impact safety, obviously but if we really felt human life was priceless we would have speed limits for autos very low. Life and death decisions were made when raising the highway speed limit from 55mph to 75mph. I don't think the same magnitude of risk is involved if eBike assist speeds were raised from 20mph to 35mph.
I'll have an 18 mile commute and about 12 miles of that is possible in a bike lane on a road with a 45mph posted speed limit. Do I sustain 35mph on my current ebike? No. but I do hit that speed on a couple of the downhills virtually daily. I certainly don't think allowing enough assist to sustain that speed changes the safety for myself or others but you do. I'm OK that we disagree but don't get upset because I'm making points that I feel support my opinion.