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PeterJ
PeterJ  
4/30/2014 6:35:14 PM
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Re: Usage issues
NewDream, I thought you might be interested in this YouTube video:

http://youtu.be/6FsqFjjyEPY

 

PeterJ
PeterJ  
4/30/2014 3:47:42 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Usage issues
I had also wanted to bring up helet use earlier in the thread. It would be interesting to me to compare use in Europe vs the U.S. More and more, I'm seeing lwhat seems to be less helmet use arounf here ... which is disappointing.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
4/30/2014 3:40:28 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Usage issues
By the way, does Florida allow cell phone use? It would be an entirely different discussion as to whether hand-free or otherwise really makes a difference!

PeterJ
PeterJ  
4/30/2014 3:38:34 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Usage issues
I kind of figured that had to be the case. It is sometimes scary out there. Not to mention the distracted drivers who are doing a number of other things - except keeping their eyes on the road!

NewDream
NewDream  
4/30/2014 10:07:58 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Usage issues
Perter J, At least every third trip I have some sort of confrontation with motor vehicles. These can range from getting honked at because someone does not want to share the road to being nearly hit when crossing a road. There have been two occasions in the last few years when I actually did get hit, neither one serious enough to injure anyone or damage the bike.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
4/30/2014 10:00:21 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Usage issues
NewDream, I'm wondering what you've experienced in terms of safety issues on these excursions? Do the big vehicles give you some space?

NewDream
NewDream  
4/29/2014 4:47:48 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Usage issues
Extended range is the reason I'm considering electrifying my bike.

Yesterday, I took the tricycle on a shopping trip:

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=203744650143145736785.0004f834797c6331de26b&msa=0

i'd planned to buy a new microwave at k-mart,they didn't have it,so I went to Target and got one there. I hadn't planned on quite this much of a trip. Especially with all the traffic and uneven sidewalks on Federal Hwy.

By the time I got home, I was really wishing I had my electric assist already! Won't be able to afford it for a few months, I'm afraid. But it's looking like more of a plan and less of a pipedream.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
4/29/2014 3:26:25 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Biking at its finest
I think this begs the question -- how about a tax incentive for buying a transportation bike, or for selling a vehicle that will not be replaced?

PeterJ
PeterJ  
4/29/2014 3:20:51 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Usage issues
Susan, I do think this is also a great experiment in how electric capacity adds to the distance reach and how that affects how people will use them. For instance, the average rider may make short trips using pedal-only power bikes, but it will be interesting to see how far these bikes travel in Madrid.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
4/29/2014 2:56:40 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Usage issues
@DavedGreat, it depends on what level of assistance you choose (low, medium, or high), I imagine. The electric motor cuts out after 16 kilometers for safety reasons, apparently. But I haven't come across anything more detailed than that. 

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