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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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26 Responses to
Pedalecs coming to Canberra
Felix the Cat 3:00 pm 11 Apr 13

MERC600 said :

Could you get done for DUI on these things ?

Yes, you can go DUI on regular push bike, a horse, a mobility scooter and possibly even a wheelchair

MERC600 2:43 pm 11 Apr 13

Could you get done for DUI on these things ? .. not that I would anticipate the footpaths full of full leccy bike types..

p1 12:38 pm 11 Apr 13

johnboy said :

The issue with 200 watts was an australian only standard it made them outrageously expensive.

By using a major international standard we can get some economies of scale.

Also, if the wording of the media release is to be believed, the change is from maximum 200w peak power to maximum 250w continuous power.

johnboy 12:16 pm 11 Apr 13

The issue with 200 watts was an australian only standard it made them outrageously expensive.

By using a major international standard we can get some economies of scale.

davo101 12:08 pm 11 Apr 13

anaemic 200 watts.

Given that the sustained output of your bog-standard non-leet cyclist is 100W it’s not that bad.

SEEChangeIncCanberra 12:01 pm 11 Apr 13

If it makes a differnce, then I guess I should say that everyone gets fantastic service. Sheez. Some people are so picky – I was just trying to avoid the standard advertising hyperbole.
SEE-Change members get a discount because SEE-Change has negotiated an agreement with Switched on Cycles. Is that very difficult to understand? Or should I say incredibly difficult? Extremely difficult? hugely difficult?

johnboy 11:55 am 11 Apr 13

Pitchka said :

Johnboy, time to bring in the ability to edit posts!!!

Take out a premium membership.

Pitchka 11:52 am 11 Apr 13

Pitchka said :

SEEChangeIncCanberra said :

SEE-Change members get a discount at Switched on Cycles. Everyone gets good service and advice on a great range of products. http://www.switchedoncycles.com.au/

Any reason why the average Joe wouldnt be entitlted to a discount? Good service, not great?

Its like Maccas offering free food to its customers.

Should have read ” Its like Maccas offering free food to its fat customers”

Johnboy, time to bring in the ability to edit posts!!!

Pitchka 11:42 am 11 Apr 13

SEEChangeIncCanberra said :

SEE-Change members get a discount at Switched on Cycles. Everyone gets good service and advice on a great range of products. http://www.switchedoncycles.com.au/

Any reason why the average Joe wouldnt be entitlted to a discount? Good service, not great?

Its like Maccas offering free food to its customers.

Innovation 11:14 am 11 Apr 13

+1 for more power (to get up hills) but 25km/h is probably high enough for anyone who doesn’t have the capacity to get over that speed under their own steam.

This is all moot anyway. There are plenty of overpowered electric and petrol powered bicycles around town. The petrol ones are easier to spot but I have yet to see anything pulled over. As well, aren’t there commercially available electric bikes where you can reprogram the power (via computer and USB) to suit whether you are on or off road? Who’s to say what the programmed power would be?

SEEChangeIncCanberra 10:29 am 11 Apr 13

SEE-Change members get a discount at Switched on Cycles. Everyone gets good service and advice on a great range of products. http://www.switchedoncycles.com.au/

obediah 10:26 am 11 Apr 13

As a spread out city with comparatively excellent bike paths I’d prefer to have seen an even more generous power rating and faster speed limit. I imagine these changes will make pedelecs very popular for people living in the inner suburbs riding to work. However, people commuting from outer suburbs probably want more speed available to them. In China 500+ watt units are the transport of choice for a very significant portion of the population in all but the most hilly cities. In Canberra this could take a great many cars off the road.

Clearly we’d need some enforceable rules about where and how fast you could ride your 1000Watt beast but if cyclist-pedestrian flame wars are anything to go by we need some of that already. E.g. there’s no reason you couldn’t do 45kmph on Adelaide avenue (some unassisted riders are doing that anyway) but you’d be well served not to ‘buzz’ walkers having a leisurely stroll around Lake Tuggeranong.

bainbridge 9:58 am 11 Apr 13

So Simon, can I still ride my previously 100% legal 200W manual throttle ebike? Pedelecs are terrible.

FioBla 9:38 am 11 Apr 13

My first step would be Pushys in Fyshwick. They have a wide range. (My first step, not necessarily the best step for everyone. Would appreciate other views as well).

Kurrajong 9:33 am 11 Apr 13

To all and sundry, what are people’s views on brands, costs, reliability and after sales service?
The policy change sounds sensible and I’m seriously tempted to now buy one.
What represents best bang-for-your-buck for these little mobiles?

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