ECF is in favour of Pedelecs

פורסם: 20 באוג׳ 2011, 8:08 על ידי: Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 3 באוק׳ 2011, 13:37 ]
Brussels, 15 March 2010


Over the past few years a new type of bicycle has been introduced to the market: the Pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle). Increasing sales figures from various European countries show high acceptance with customers, despite the considerable purchase costs.

What is a Pedelec?

EU Directive 2002/24/EC defines what a pedelec is: Pedelecs are "cycles with pedal assistance which are equipped with an auxiliary electric motor having a maximum continuous rated power of 0,25 kW, of which the output is progressively reduced and finally cut off as the vehicle reaches a speed of 25 km/h, or sooner, if the cyclist stops pedaling."

Pedelec are still bicycles

Legally, pedelecs are still considered as bicycles; this was a necessary prerequisite for ECF support. Vehicles with more power assistance than 0,25 kW should not be treated as bicycles but as E-bikes (Mopeds etc.) Pedelecs enjoy the same privileges as bicycles:
- no insurance;
- no driving licence;
- no permit;
- no mandatory helmet use;
- no age restrictions.

ECF is in favour of Pedelecs

For ECF it has been imperative that pedelecs still generate considerable health benefits, notwithstanding the 0,25 kW electric assistance. Moreover pedelecs do not compromise road safety, despite the higher average speed levels of pedelec users. ECF has been supportive to pedelecs for the simple reason that it can bring people (back) to cycling. Commuters who have to cover longer distances to work can use a pedelec (instead of the car); also in hilly regions or for cargo-bikes, a pedelec can be of great help. Finally, people who may not feel fit enough to ride a regular bike, or who simply enjoy the comfort of being assisted might find a pedelec a valuable alternative.

ECF supports the current EU-definition of pedelecs.

Road traffic safety

China's experience, as the leading e-bike world market, has raised concerns about road traffic safety and several cities have considered banning them from bicycle lanes. As the number of e-bikes increased and more powerful motors are used, capable of reaching up to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h), the number of traffic accidents have risen significantly in China. E-bike riders are more likely than a car driver to be killed or injured in a collision, and because e-bikers use conventional bicycle lanes they mix with slower-moving bicycles and pedestrians, increasing the risk of traffic accidents.


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