Posted by: syncro
Posted by: PembyRocks
They are bikes with motors. We ride mountain bike trails that have been designated non-motorized. Years and years of politics, time and effort with municipalities and the province have gone into this. Want to ride your e-bike? Stick to the pavement. You're all gonna cause big access issues when mountain bike get lumped together with motorbikes. If you can't see that, you're too blind to ride trails anyway. Gas or electric, it's a motor. Keep it off mountain bike trails and on to the pavement.
Yes, they are bikes with motors. Of course they are not throttle controlled bikes and when non-motorized designations where put forth the idea of pedal-assist bikes didn't exist, but I realize that point is not up for debate for those who oppose them. I do hear the claims of access issues get used a lot where the idea seems to be that all trails will get closed to mtb's, but there is never any support offered for this argument. Has any land manager come out and said that they are going to close the trails to mtb access if ebikes are used? I haven't seen anything of the sort and I highly doubt it exists because if it did it would be splashed all over every thread where this debate comes up. The only caveat of course is that I'm referring to BC and particularly the S2S corridor, but realize that in other jurisdictions that things may be different.
Given the current climate in the S2S with potential access issues in Pemberton, Squamish and the constant battle in West and North Van, do we need to introduce another reason for the naysayers to strengthen their arguments?
Also, what about increased erosion on trails? The use of e-bikes allows many more laps of trails in the same riding session. What if we all do that? Trails get hammered. It's not the bike park. There's not a dedicated paid trail crew fixing up the trails after hundreds of riders shred them multiple times a day.
And the issue with e-bikes flying past other riders and hikers on the trails. I've had my bars clipped from these things passing me, ignorantly, on climb trails. What about public perception and acceptance on multi use climb trails? These incidents do not help us at all. Sure, some fly downhill just as ignorantly, but ripping past people legitimately climbing their pedal bikes, and those hiking on the same access trails is bullshit.
Regardless of access issues, people just need to man up and pedal their bikes. The bicycle is a very efficient machine. Like I said, unless there is a physical disability, there is no reason to need an assist bike. Ride more, get stronger, suck it up.