To be the Devil's Advocate here. What is the purpose of an Electric bike ? I thought the whole idea was to 'push' the bike with your legs, thereby gaining exercise etc, etc, even uphill !
I too have an electric-assist and a regular bike. The main reason for the electric is to help me with the energy needed to get back home to Crafers after a longish ride around the hills and surrounding plains. It means I can leave my car home for most small errands/rides around town and be not too tired out the next day. Any ride I start and finish in flatter terrain gets done on the regular bike as it is a better ride.
Not everyone is as fit as the average roadie and has the time, health or enthusiasm to be so.
In Japan lots of people ride electric bikes - they are very low powered and are electric assist. Normally its women who are using them - they go slowly and are no problem at all. I cycle faster than them.
In Singapore lots of people ride electric bikes - they are more like electric scooters - they are high powered and don't require pedaling. Normally its older gents who are using them - usually they are chain smoking cigarettes and they go fast. It's terrible to ride a bicycle anywhere near them.
I don't hate ANYTHING or ANYBODY. It was a simple question !
Indeed you did ask a simple question!
However the hate for anyone doing anything different often simmers under the surface and people get defensive about being asked why they want to do it easier/slower/less manly etc. Just the way it is.
Enjoy your riding, by whatever means turns you on!
A power-assisted bike (electric or otherwise) has the potential to make commuting from the plains to the hills viable for some, with enough energy left to do a day's physical work after arriving.
Electric cargo bikes like the Yuba at the Adelaide cargo bike event have their purpose. Electric bikes might be appreciated by retirees who want to drive less to balance their senior pensions.
More info from
BikeSA Enews Tuesday 29-May-2012
MEDIA RELEASE: The Bicycle Industry welcomes a new generation of power assisted bicycles
by Bicycle Industries Australia Ltd.
Great news, they want to double the number of people cycling by 2016 so lets help them up the hills with electric bikes, good idea. What about infrastructure and other road user awareness? Do they want to double the number of cyclist fatalaties too?
Ironically enough if doubling cyclists results in less cars this may make cycling safer.
If it means less people catch the bus there may be little safety benefits.
Electric bikes are heavy and the batteries are not cheap but thay are less of a threat to conventional cyclists than cars.
They probably pollute less as well.
Kara, good point. Not the first time a govt in Australia has said they want to double the number of cyclists. They know how to do that, by improving cyclist safety, but too slow on this. Have wondered if cyclists are considered guinea pigs or road kill.