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'Spandex brigade,' not e-bikes biggest issue on local trails

Some cyclists 'fly along the paths at 40-plus kilometres per hour, have no warning devices and no consideration for others,' reader says
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If I may comment regarding e-bikes, I completely agree with Andrew Philips’ column entitled: Rude, oblivious behaviours biggest trail issues.

I believe it is simply a matter of communication/education/awareness. As I mentioned previously; I walk and ride the trails everyday.

The vast majority of e-bike riders are seniors who ride at a leisurely pace and provide warning of approach to others, myself included.

How many seniors will we put at risk if we force them onto the roads? I now use my e-bike for all my errands for which I used to drive my car, is this not what our eco-warriors (and government) are demanding?

The most dangerous riders are the “spandex brigade,” as a previous letter writer had so aptly described them.

They fly along the paths at 40-plus kilometres per hour, have no warning devices and no consideration for others. I know that because my bike has a speedometer…theirs don’t.

Finally, if I keep my e-bike at pedal assist zero or the battery is not charged it then becomes simply a bicycle, and, therefore should it not then be immune to the ban?

How on earth do you enforce that? As always, bureaucrats resort to the easiest solution, for them….ban it!

Steve Rowe

Midland