I for one am all for e-mtb's. The problem is the people who like everything else can quickly screw things up. This goes for people on non pedal assist bikes as well. If we go ripping past hikers, joggers, pet walkers doesn't matter what we're riding, it paint's a bad impression.
I agree that there has to be conversation on the topic of access so we do not have a knee jerk reaction like washington state and just outright ban them.
Hate if you want that's your opinion. But e-mtb's are coming
P.S. Thanks for the article