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Anyone got an e-bike yet?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by zekezebra, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    I know we need to be sensible, then I see this sort of thing, and wouldn’t mind being a complete nutter for a while:

     
  2. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

    Yes and it was rather wonderful but I am a long term Brompton user and thought the way Brompton have integrated this technology was, well, typically Brompton and very clever. If you like their bikes I expect you will love it. The main downside is the limited space in the front bag for luggage as this is where the battery lives but that seems a small price to pay for the convenience of a foldable ebike.... a great way to travel through Sandoz in the Rain.
     
  3. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    I see an e-scooter rider has been killed in London, in a crash with a lorry. No clarity on what happened yet, but the reporting did mention that, whatever else happened, e-scooters are illegal for use on roads, pavements or cycle lanes so this could end up being a test case. There have also been concerns about updates to the road layout there so it's likely a number of factors are involved.
     
  4. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    The legality or otherwise of the mode of transport of the deceased should not be, is not, relevant.
     
  5. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    It's not clear from what's in the public domain if it was a factor or not. It will no doubt become relevant in any legal action which follows it i.e. if the lorry driver was at fault (which he might well be) I suspect his defence won't see the legal status of the e-scooter as a non-factor.
     
  6. richgilb

    richgilb Admonishtrator

    What kind of test case?
     
  7. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    Around the legality of the things - or at least publicising the situation as I expect a lot of folks aren't aware they're illegal.
     
  8. richgilb

    richgilb Admonishtrator

    right....so there are loads about and the police aren't stopping people?
     
  9. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    Illegal e-stuff is only an issue when the e-rider injures someone. There are no recorded cases of an e-rider killing a truck driver whilst said driver was in his/her truck...
     
  10. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    Who cares? Really.
    I have never seen one on the road, only seen maybe two elsewhere.
     
  11. richgilb

    richgilb Admonishtrator

    In my experience with traffic police, there are (or were) plenty of bored fascists stopping me for rubbish reasons like a torn bumper, even too loud music once. I would have expected plenty of them to enjoy nicking scrotes on e-scooters and throwing the book at them for no reg plate, MOT, insurance and license, riding a vehicle on the pavement. I'm sure there are plenty of other offences involved in e-scooter riding in UK public places.
     
  12. richgilb

    richgilb Admonishtrator

    Not so much actually, it is interesting though, these kinds of things are the future. Certainly they are the present in Strasourg. There are thousands of them. Also segways, and those one wheel thingies too. Are they one wheel segways?

    There was one on the outer ring road dual carriageway last week. it's a busy, fast road and he was taking up the inside lane like he owned it. Funny to see really.

    We have an e-scooter here and it is lethal. The wheels are way too small for the speed it goes.
     
  13. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    @Tony Lockhart: "Who cares? Really.
    I have never seen one on the road, only seen maybe two elsewhere"

    Who cares about someone being killed? Really?
     
  14. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    And that deserves a capital sentence?
     
  15. richgilb

    richgilb Admonishtrator

    sorry, don't understand. what are you getting at? I have had fook the police tattooed into my brain since about the age of 10. I have no problem with people going around on e-scooters.
     
  16. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    There are absolutely shitloads of the things in London (and in other European cities I've been in like Paris and Amsterdam). No idea if the police are stopping anyone or not though.
     

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