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Sept. 13, 2023, 10:01 a.m. -  Pete Roggeman

You make great points. The car analogy is interesting. Different in the sense that the societal forces there are very public and universal whereas we're talking about a privileged subset of a privileged sport, but the end result is instructive. I'm not too sure how many trail networks are overrun as a result of eMTBs - not because I'm an authority but because I haven't heard it said too often - however ebikes have taken prominent steps forward during Covid in North America. In Europe that growth spurt was already well underway. So trails are busier, but I think Covid created a lot more trail users during the last three years than ebikes did. PS: If we can all agree that 'acoustic' is a terrible term for a bike (aka a non-electrified two-wheeled pedal machine), I might stop twitching. Acoustic has to do with the sense of sound, not the omission of electricity. Analog works, sort of, but I like just calling them bikes (b/c they haven't changed) and ebikes.

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