Cycling in Sydney Australia
So I saw these Halfbikes on my Youtube feed. Video below.
Occasionally I'll use a small fold-up kick scooter for short trips (eg: to the shops) because I can ride on the footpath and don't need a helmet. The Halfbike seems to be a bit of a cross between a bike and scooter, and looks like it could be useful for short trips. It wouldn't be a bike replacement, but more of a "range extender" for walking trips.
Currently unmotorised scooters are allowed on footpaths and are not subject to MHL's - so where does the Halfbike fit in this continuum? Like a scooter, you stand rather than sit.
That's a bicycle under NSW regs:
"bicycle means a vehicle with 2 or more wheels that is built to be propelled by human power through a belt, chain or gears (whether or not it has an auxiliary motor).."
There's also this bit though,
but does not include:
(c) a wheelchair, wheeled recreational device, wheeled toy, orThis bit is what makes things like scooters and skateboards exempt. Is it a wheeled recreational device?
good question, it seems fairly explicit:
bicycle means a vehicle with 2 or more wheels that is built to be propelled by human power through a belt, chain or gears (whether or not it has an auxiliary motor), and includes:
(a) a pedicab, penny-farthing and tricycle, and
Don't pedal cars just have a helmet exemption? Same for pedicabs but only for passengers.
The half-bike is a bike for sure. Compare it to trials bikes without saddles, not much difference.
scooter or skatey dont have a chain, belt or or gears though so the case is clearer. The pedal cars and pedicabs though do so who knows? I wonder edthis to when I saw the clip for this a few weeks back. Wheeled toys are also not allow on certain speed limited roads.
you could be right.. the distinction seems to be transport vs. recreation.
wheeled recreational device means a wheeled device, built to transport a person, propelled by human power or gravity, and ordinarily used for recreation or play, and:
(a) includes rollerblades, rollerskates, a skateboard, scooter, unicycle or similar wheeled device, but
(b) does not include a golf buggy, pram, stroller or trolley, a motor-assisted device (whether or not the motor is operating), or a bicycle, wheelchair or wheeled toy.
wait so you don't have MHL on a unicycle? Right, where's my angle grinder!
(Just kidding, I wouldn't cut my bike in half, I'd just buy n+1)
the speed these can reach also seem to inform these groupings (although rollerbaldes and skateboards can go pretty quick)
146 kph on a skateboard
the bracketed section was for you Colin :)
I am just amazed at the size of the boardwalk in the video. Compare that to Barangaroo