Should the speed of e-bikes be improved? A petition was launched in the UK to increase the auxiliary speed to 20mph
As the government Outlines its plans for more people to choose and use alternatives such as electric bikes in its Gear Change document released this week, the new petition is calling for a review of the current e-bike law, which limits the power of electric motors to 250 watts and the auxiliary speed to 15.5 MPH (25kpH).The petition proposes increasing the speed to 20mph (32.18km/h) to comply with US e-bike laws because "current restrictions reduce the likelihood of people switching from cars to e-bikes".
As we discovered when we tried to register a fast e-bike, riding a more powerful e-bike than current regulations can be complex and expensive if you're going to do it legally.The petition's creators claim that the law could actually have an adverse effect, as some e-bike owners resort to restricting their bikes to get around the 25KpH speed limit.Unrestricted e-bikes can often travel far faster than the U.S. limit, which means that if more people are tempted to break the law as e-bikes spread, it could mean illegal e-bikes on the road and on the road even faster.
"It is generally accepted in the cycling community that the current restrictions make it less likely that people will switch from cars to electric bikes and that the speed difference is much lower than that of cars, increasing the danger to cyclists in road sharing.
"In addition, there are a large number of bikes in the UK that bypass or do not comply with existing legislation.Increasing the use of bicycles will prevent faster bikes from entering the roads."
Do you think that increasing the speed of e-bikes in the UK will encourage more people to buy e-bikes?Let us know what you think in the comments...