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by Mark Zalewski
April 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Colbrelli wins De Brabantse Pijl; Cavendish diagnosed with mononucleosis from Epstein Barr; Two riders on Czech Continental team test positive, possible team sanction; British Cycling independent review report release delayed again; Wout van Aert to race all the Spring Classics?; In memory of Mike Hall, the man who inspired a world of cyclists; Dibben ‘finished’ Paris-Roubaix despite time cut; No more hippies and explorers: a lament for the changed world of cycling; Could financial problems in Bahrain affect team?; Pon Holdings looking to acquire Accell Group; E-bike legislation signed into law in Colorado; Video: Night Riders by Racing Club; Track Cycling: What is the Omnium?
As e-bikes become more popular governments are drafting legislation to better manage them in regards to their use and abilities. A bill in Colorado was recently signed into law and defines three classes of electrical assisted bicycles, depending on top speeds and the difference between the electric motor assists in propulsion only while the rider is pedaling or if it can propel the bicycle independently.
CyclingTips’ founder Wade Wallace and Andrew Gooding of VTWO go head-to-head on Bosch pedal assisted eBikes. White-line fever got the better of Wade on what was meant to be a promotional lap for the event sponsor. Picture from @gingeradl
“At long last e-bikes are really gaining the momentum we need them to,” Larry Pizzi, head of the BPSA’s e-bike committee, told Bicycle Retailer. “This is more great news on the BPSA and PeopleForBikes e-bike front. Colorado is really important. The bill got tremendous support there. We’re stoked we can put one more important state in the bag.”
The bill does not affect use of eMTBs on public mountain bike and hiking trails. Colorado is the fourth state to pass e-bike legislation, following California, Tennessee and Utah. More states are considering similar legislation.
The effort to push for legislation is a combined effort between retailers, manufacturers and advocacy groups, such as PeopleForBikes.
“With clear rules on how and where to ride an e-bike, everyone stands to benefit,” PeopleForBikes posted on its website. “People who already ride e-bikes can more easily understand where to ride; and new bicyclists who may be discouraged from riding a traditional bicycle due to limited physical fitness, age, disability or convenience will have new transportation alternatives.”
Click through to read more at Bicycle Retailer.