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2 years 8 months ago #44566 by skidder

You`re ignoring new, emerging technology.

I don`t want one now but this stuff will get better and better.

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2 years 9 months ago #44553 by TGS

skidder wrote:

You guys say that now but many of us might feel differently in 10 or 15 years.

Technology will keep getting better for E-Bikes of all kinds and lots of us will be in our 60`s and 70`s by then.

They're called scooters for the elderlee!:o I bet that if we let the ebike cats in, sooner or later the walmart scooter peeps will be close behind.:-x


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2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 9 months ago #44549 by skidder

You guys say that now but many of us might feel differently in 10 or 15 years.

Technology will keep getting better for E-Bikes of all kinds and lots of us will be in our 60`s and 70`s by then.

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2 years 9 months ago #44548 by penguin

Learn to pedal or stay home!

Penguin


Mommy- theres a root on the trail! Make it go away! I want my Binkie

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2 years 9 months ago #44547 by bennymack

Not sure if you accidentally a word but my recollection is that as long as they are limited to 20mph they are not actually motorized according to federal law. Sort of the same way that they decided that pizza counts as a vegetable...


Opinions are like pimples, they vary in amount and cover different areas.

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2 years 9 months ago #44542 by Jon Sundquist

It's not really an issue as to whether they "belong". You can get into that argument with all sorts of uses and people.

The issue is that many of the places that we ride don't allow motorized uses on the trails. For example, take a look at the DEC regs: www.dec.ny.gov/regs/4081.html#12996 (yes, they do allow snowmobiles on designated trails in winter).

e-bikes are motorized vehicles, so out of luck. An argument could be made that they are close enough to bikes to warrant MTB groups to lobby for a change in regulation, but frankly, would most MTB groups feel strongly enough about that to spend time on such a lobbying effort? Judging from comments here, probably not. We worked hard enough to get the "trails are open unless closed" for bikes in the above referenced regs when they were revised a few years ago, and they probably aren't going to be revised any time soon.

OK, that's the dispassionate analysis. My opinion? I like to see the trails non-motorized as they are now.

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