Cycling in Sydney Australia
they have not come in yet. This original post is a good example of yet another 'new laws are imminent' article about e-bikes. The most recent one was in the Sydney Morning Herald in March 2011: http://glowwormbicycles.com.au/blog/2011/03/27/electric-bicycles-sy....
So we are in the same position we always have been - that no one knows when a new law is imminent because it hasn't happened yet. However, the good news is that there is no reason to wait around for this law to make a decision on getting an e-bike. Almost all good brands of e-bikes can be modified to conform with the EU laws (which Australia might be copying) so if the laws change, you're in a no-regrets position, just get your supplier to change the settings. Additionally new laws will mean slower e-bikes so you'll likely be better off keeping it how it is.
Saw a bloke stack on one of these things yesterday, at the big intersection at Bondi Junction where Syd Einfeld Drive meets Old Sth Head Road.
He was attempting to jump the red light coming out of Bondi Junction, but tried to hit the anchors when he belatedly realised cars from another direction had a green arrow. (Crazy intersection to run red at the best of times)
It looked like the throttle had stuck on, because he was desperately trying to pull up but the bike kept pushing him forward. He then got thrown off in the middle of the intersection.
Older bloke too, probably 50 or so.
Older bloke too, probably 50 or so.
Steady on, Herzog, you young whippersnapper. We're not all ready to be pensioned off, you know.
I only feel like I am over 50 when trying to climb Awaba St without an e-bike. The rest of the time, I can believe I am still in my 30s. Well, late 30s, anyway. But I was unbelievably fit at 39! I'll bore you with the story one day.
Fortunately there is the Internet so you can get any type of e bike you want.
And get booked for being unregistered and possibly unlicensed if you take it on a public road.
Seriously, has anyone ever been booked ever for a non-complying e-bike?
Didn't think so.
I'd be surprised if even those idiots getting about on the petrol driven annoyances have ever been pulled up.
This entire debate gets really interesting when we start to analyze Horsepower per Kilogram. My friend / traveling companion and me recently completed a 900 Km working tour from Central Victoria to Mildura to Swan Hill and back home. Our rigs, comprising of a Yuba Mundo (32 Kg's), Cargo (40 Kg's), 'Watt-Bot's' (23 Kg's) and Rider (70 Kg's), total weight (165 Kg's), took advantage of a 300 Watt (.402 Horsepower) Electric Motor on the Watt-Bot for pedal assist. On one occasion, we travelled from Ouyen to just shy of Mildura (90 Km's) in a day with the Watt-Bot's chugging away behind us. We were buggered when we got there but simply would not have made it without the electric assistance. At best, carrying this weight, the most speed we can get is 25 Km/h on flat ground, hardly dangerous.
On the way, we were passed by beasts like this one in the photo below, 500 Horsepower lugging some 62,000 Kg's. This photo, which is part of a video, doesn't show the danger we faced, although you can tell that I had no choice but to start pulling off the road as it passed. What you can't see in the photo (only in the video) is the car coming in the opposite direction, obscured in the photo by the truck, both traveling at 100 Km/h.
These monsters are allowed on the road, using .008 Horsepower per Kilogram of weight, versus our .002 Horsepower per Kg, factors that are simply not taken into account with the new 'e-bike rules'.
If we had to use the legal sized motor on our rigs, they would have been totally ineffective, but there is also no need to go oversize. And when we consider the environmental benefits, Diesel / Electric Trains make far more sense than trucks.......
I recently spoke to someone at my local police station, who informed me that they have given up pulling these guys over with the petrol motor assist because when they get to court the cyclist always gets off because no one is able to provide proper evidence of what the power output of the motor actually is at the rear wheel.
I've been watching this recent e-bike discussion from afar Phil, and it is interesting to note how little focus there has been on 'energy efficiency'. 'Speed' and 'vehicle classification' appear to dominate the ether, both on this forum and within the bureaucracy, with little or no (until latter forum threads) interest in gearing and efficiency.
I'll stick to using my 300 watt motor, geared appropriately of course, as I did recently, to push 165 Kg's over 1,004 'Tasmanian Kilometers' (yes they are different) including numerous 15 - 18% inclines.
If the Police or any other 'authority' wish to challenge my alleged 'illegality', I'll be more than happy to see them in court...
The time for talking is over..............
I'm trying to improve the power of my ~250 watt motor too. Managed to get 200km at slightly over 25km/h today.