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I actually didn't think it was a particularly fair question to ask you but I
asked it anyway. You're not the manufacturer. You're not the party directly
profiting out of ebikes. I actually did see that Sam did not answer the
question. I would have been surprised if he did. Rhetorically speaking why on
earth would Specialized want to expend the vast resources necessary to
advocate for ebikes region by region at a local level. Far easier and far more
pragmatic to take the approach they have taken right now with efforts at a
I do still maintain that manufacturers like Specialized, and in the near
future Rocky and Norco et al should be the persons answering these questions.
Like I said I didn't expect either you or Dirk/Dave to do so but maybe I was
hoping that you in the Specialized interview would press the manufacturers
harder on that and not let Sam get away with the copout (poor Sam - how could
he really answer?).
As for writing an article, I've got to prioritize what I do. I literally spent
hundreds of hours on the whole CMHC debacle. And am spending hours and hours
writing about transitions for the society act. I frankly see the whole e-bike
thing as so politicized, such a minefield and so polarizing that I'm not
willing to put out another article about it. My EXPERIENCE is that all
significant Sea-to-sky land managers are regulating ebikes as motorized.so
there will be very few places they can ride. So in my local neck of the woods
e-bikes will be dead anyhow so why even spend much energy on the issue. Now in
areas like the SSC or the Cariboo/Chilcotin where there's less population
pressure there'll be ebikes running around - but really that aint' my problem
as I don't live there. So basically its just laziness on my part. Also its an
almost foregone conclusion that I'll get non-answers from the manufacturers of
the world who will gladly put out ebikes and offload the advocacy onto others
and call anyone who doesn't like it NIMBYS
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