Because he can't use pedals. It is not made for pedaling, single gear and the geometry is wrong. These pedals are getting in the way, making ride uncomfortable and dangerous. Some just remove the pedals or put a bungee cord on it. It is a low-speed scooter pretending to be an ebike, to avoid licensing and insurance.I have seen way too many of these scooters in the bike lanes where the person on them isn't even attempting to use the pedals.
It's about time. I hate that these elerctric motorcycles are classified like an E-Bike.
Here's a few blurbs from the News Report...
Ali Moussa Ghadban argued in court that his Motorino XMr is a motor-assisted cycle — outfitted with pedals, limited power and a maximum speed of 32 km/h — and under B.C. law doesn't require a driver's licence or insurance to operate. But a judicial justice disagreed, and a B.C. Supreme Court judge recently upheld that decision.
It does not comply with the intent of the legislation, which was for a [motor-assisted cycle] to supplement or assist the human power required to pedal the vehicle," Jenkins wrote in his decision.
The officer testified that he saw a man riding what he believed to be a "small motorcycle" who hopped onto the plaza at King George SkyTrain Station. The officer then noted the motorcycle had pedals, but Ghadban wasn't using them.
FULL STORY: british-columbia/e-bike-rider-loses-court-case-against-ticket-for-operating-without-licence-insurance
I think you're confusing bicycle with ebike, Alex, they are not the same under law. Intoxicated ebike riders can be imprisoned.They can get stoned on weed or drunk and still can't be stopped from sharing the road.
I don't see cranking type bicycle pedals in any of your four pictures.I've seen those motorcycle looking "ebikes" in person several times.
They usually look like Kawasaki Ninja or Honda Grom knock offs.
Yes, they do come with pedals.
They are advertised as 500W, 32km/h, and yes, apparently they are "electric bicycles"
To me, they look like motorcycles with pedals. But I don't know how the law works, so maybe by definition, these things are ebikes???
Yea, but I don't know if this guy was lying though.
True. They are exploiting the loophole in regulations and will keep doing it until the loophole exists.I think they put pedals just so that they can meet the legal definition of ebikes, not for practical reasons.
What exactly is a 'loophole'?True. They are exploiting the loophole in regulations and will keep doing it until the loophole exists.
Precedent decisions could eventually change this. Or provincial lawmakers will change the regulations and make pay everybody on anything that meets legal definition of ebikes if you want to use it on the road.
I'm all for anybody and everybody to utilize 'loopholes.' It means that they are complying with the law as written and approved.