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Re: “Electric Bike Rentals Roll Out on the Burlington Waterfront

An average bike is around 35 lbs, and with an average rider at about 190 lbs the package is around 215 lbs. A small motor and modern battery can add 20 lbs, so about 235 lbs total by comparison. At slow speeds, the extra 20 lbs is insignificant in the unlikely event of a collision, indeed 20 lbs could be a backpack or case of beer, or even a fatter person. Nobody wins in crash, and this type of ebike has essentially the same outcome as a pedal bike at the same speed. Pedal bikes however are not top speed limited so would be subject to speeding along, a fit cyclist can maintain 20 mph on level ground with ease.

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Posted by mariposaman on 07/02/2016 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Electric Bike Rentals Roll Out on the Burlington Waterfront

Toronto does allow pedelecs no heavier than 40 kg on their bike paths, so some electric bikes are allowed. They are not further restricted in speed, although they can go 32 km/h, there is a 20 km/h speed limit on the trials, which is about the same speed as the 12 mph in Hamilton. Pedelecs are what is being offered in Hamiton, so Toronto trails are essentially the same as Hamilton.

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Posted by mariposaman on 07/02/2016 at 1:53 PM

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