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Pedalecs coming to Canberra

By johnboy 11 April 2013 26

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Simon Corbell has announced that he’s raising the power ceiling on electric bicycles from an anaemic 200 watts up to 250 watts to allow pedalecs onto our roads:

“The changes to the laws that the government is proposing through the Road Transport (General) Amendment Bill, will allow higher performance electric bikes (pedalecs) under the European standard, up to a maximum continuous power rating of 250 watts, to be used in the Territory. The current laws limit electric bikes to a maximum peak power of 200 watts.

“Pedalecs also have additional safety and design requirements consistent with European standards, as well as advantages such as greater performance on hills and extended range on long journeys.”

Riders will be required to adhere to bicycle road rules, such as wearing a bicycle helmet which meets the Australian Standard. The changes are being introduced following a 2012 agreement across Australian jurisdictions to allow the import, sale and use of European style electric bikes.

Mr Corbell said he hoped the new laws would promote greater choice of electric bicycles for cyclists choosing that option.

While many Chinese electric bikes have outputs in the thousands of watts the European pedelecs (I assume they’re the same thing) require the rider to put some work in and cuts out the juice at 25km/h.

[Image via wikimedia commons]


UPDATE: The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury has expressed his pleasure at this move.

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dungfungus 9:45 pm 28 Dec 16

I nearly took out someone riding one of these electric bikes in the middle of a suburban street last week.

He was coming on my right at an intersection in a residential area with a sign posted 50 kph limited.

I looked right and he was about 100 metres away, I looked left and nothing was coming, I looked right again and he was 10 metres away and not pedalling. I thought “how on earth is this bike going so fast (it was travelling well over 50 kph)”.

It was a very chunky type mountain bike and it was humming loudly.

I thought these things only operated as “pedal assisted” so have the laws changed to allow them to exceed the speed limit and ride up the middle of the road?

Another reason why we need rego for bikes and licensing for their intrepid riders.

what_the 12:47 pm 12 Apr 13

davo101 said :

what_the said :

Apparently the depart of infrastructure who approves importation of all vehicles hasn’t been notified as they implemented the 200w cap in the first place due to gas powered kids scooters and subsequent injuries. Any bike over 200w needs import approval and needs to meet with ADRs for LA and LC vehicles (mopeds and scooters) meaning lights, mirrors, indicators etc are needed. Their current information still states this.

Shock! There’s a web-site that’s not kept up to date? See here.

Ha, that’s funny considering it’s his department’s website/bulletin. I suppose a year in public service time is equal to a week in real time. Probably need ten meetings first before the updates get started.

davo101 12:33 pm 12 Apr 13

what_the said :

Apparently the depart of infrastructure who approves importation of all vehicles hasn’t been notified as they implemented the 200w cap in the first place due to gas powered kids scooters and subsequent injuries. Any bike over 200w needs import approval and needs to meet with ADRs for LA and LC vehicles (mopeds and scooters) meaning lights, mirrors, indicators etc are needed. Their current information still states this.

Shock! There’s a web-site that’s not kept up to date? See here.

BelcoMan 11:48 am 12 Apr 13

Pitchka said :

Check post #8, it has a link, the link takes you to a web page, which then has more links, its all very exciting…

If you’re still not happy, call them, and talk to one of their staff.

P.S. ring me when you are about to have lunch, ill pop over to your place and hand feed you!!!!

Seriously? Mutter mutter Obvious troll Mutter mutter

I didn’t know there was an award for seeing how many threads you could be a Wally Anker in?

Kurrajong – I believe the new Bike shop/cafe opposite the Canberra Time building also stocks these bikes. As a bonus the coffee is quite good 🙂

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