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    E-bikes under fire as fatalities climb in NYC

    Yeah I had that exact reaction on my last visit. All I could think was, people say LA is very car centric and it is, but at least it's because people are commuting 10 miles a day to work by car. In NYC, it's a few rich or otherwise parking privileged people driving, and you don't have the dense...
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    E-bikes under fire as fatalities climb in NYC

    NYC is safer than the US as a whole, because the crash death rate is so much lower (1.6/100k per year) than nationally (11), that it makes up for the higher homicide rate (11 vs 5). People's perspectives are addled by ignoring car crashes. And I can't imagine any regular NYC subway user caring...
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    E-bikes under fire as fatalities climb in NYC

    There are bikes, ebikes, and mopeds too.
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    E-bikes under fire as fatalities climb in NYC

    There isn't enough room in NYC to have a healthy functioning city and even a modest fraction of people driving to work. If you charge a ton (because that's what the space is worth, and that's what it takes to whittle down the driving population), it gathers a lot of money that can make life...
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    E-bikes under fire as fatalities climb in NYC

    Lol the dude was talking about New York.
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    E-bikes under fire as fatalities climb in NYC

    That is a great rule - it forces the people with the most capacity to do harm to behave responsibly. In America and elsewhere, we have a moralistic approach where if you can convince everyone else it was the other guys fault, you don't get punished, which isn't too hard when a) the other guy...
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    E-bikes under fire as fatalities climb in NYC

    That's a bit extreme. I lived on a residential street once with a major bike thoroughfare. When I'd get dropped off by a cab or other driver, they were surprised at the volume of bike traffic but no one who lived there was. Sometimes people are just oblivious and enter bike lanes without due...
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    E-BIKE Act: what do people think?

    The E-BIKE Act is pointless, and no one even tries to argue otherwise when this point is raised: there is a bike shortage, where there is precisely zero need to whip up demand to use up existing supply. A better choice would be encouraging bike repairs, analog or electric. Do like France and...
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    Fastroad E+ EX PRO

    The cost of servicing the warranty is ultimately paid by Yamaha, no? Yamaha motor, Yamaha battery. (Giant may have taken on the risk but it would be silly to given that they didn't build it.)
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    New Rad Rover 6

    Proprietary doesn't have to be more expensive for the maker. You have the design blueprint for some doohickey that bars the use of open standard parts, but let's you choose any manufacturing partner. Rad is popular enough that someone just might make parts for it, much like independent companies...
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    New Rad Rover 6

    Wouldn't it depend on how it's done? I have no idea what Rad actually did, but I would guess that Rad did take the chance to make it more proprietary. Unless you're a brand that's thoroughly devoted to serving your hobbyist riders, if you've taken a bunch of corporate/VC cash you're going to...
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    Difficulty Selling an eBike

    There are times when being a stubborn seller makes sense - if you have a product that few people want, but those who do are willing to pay well for it - or similarly, you live in a small city where there aren't many buyers to begin with. But if it's a common enough type of ebike and you're...
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    House Representatives Panetta & Blumenauer introduce "e-bike Act" federal tax credit

    He hasn't lifted tariffs because his practical policy toward China doesn't differ much from Trump's. The Biden administration has been tough on China much like Trump's has. The most noticeable difference is simply Biden's administration trying to avoid demonizing the people of China by...
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    House Representatives Panetta & Blumenauer introduce "e-bike Act" federal tax credit

    Huh? China isn't imposing the tarriffs. The US is.
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    New Rad Rover 6

    Another reason novice riders are a great profit source, they won't be thinking about and thus care about battery replacement costs, so you use proprietary batteries that cost a premium. Bosch et Al already do it.