Are Electric Bikes Still Controversial? Should They Go Wherever Bikes Can Go?


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Sami reminded us that ", there used to be a lot of controversy each time we posted on electric bikes. Jacob's article about Schwinn's line of electric bikes, for example, drew angry responses from some who claimed that adding batteries and motors to the eco-perfect bicycle was a step backwards, while others argued that anything that makes cycling more attractive, more accessible, and more competitive with cars can only be a good thing."

But in some places there are turf wars brewing over the use of electric bikes and scooters in bike lanes. "There are so many different things that can qualify as e-bikes," says Toronto Cyclists Union spokesperson Yvonne Bambrick. in Now Magazine. She says the union recognizes that e-bikes make active transport feasible for some segments of the population, but "it's a slippery slope."

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