We agree 100% with you, Jetter. If motor vehicles are not allowed, then they are not allowed, period. That includes pedal-assisted bikes, mobility scooters, hover boards, ATVs or other vehicles with artificial motive power. SURU welcomes this discussion, at all levels of the community.
At stake is safety, always, and SURU is determined to be on the side of safety when it comes to pedestrians, cyclists, e-bikers, horseback riders and even motorists.
Speed times mass (weight) equals force, which is the only value that matters when there is a collision. Many leading pedal assist bikes weigh as much or more than a SURU. My wife's 1980's Raleigh three speed with the rear child seat and our 3 year old weigh more than a SURU. If the posted speed limits are respected, then the deciding factor as to what is more dangerous is weight, and possibly width, not the technology that enables the motive power.
SURU wants to be clear : what we are legislating against in HRM? The potential damage caused by a collision between an vehicle with inappropriate dimensions and another user, or is city council choosing one motive technology over another based on some ideological bias? A motorized wheelchair can weight twice as much as a SURU and has no operable pedals, which means travelling even at half the speed it is capable of as much force.
Our federal government, in addition to the governments of Ontario, PEI and the municipality of Ottawa to name just a few, spent lots of time and resources examining the physics and safety of e-bikes going back to the year 2006. They concluded, based on scientific, fact-based study that the compromise was limiting all power-assisted bicycles (into which are included all pedal-assist bicycles) to a maximum power output of 500 w, a maximum speed of 32 km/h on level ground, electronic cutouts when brakes are used / or pedalling is stopped, and a MAXIMUM WEIGHT allowance of 40 kgs.
Mixed-use trails and bikeways are governed with by-laws designed to protect everyone. SURU respects the letter of the law and the spirit of the law, by manufacturing a lightweight, compact electric bike that is compliant and useful as both a single speed cruiser bicycle or an electric bike. SURU also respects the reality of physics, who's laws undeniably state that a SURU is less dangerous than a bicycle/child trailer combo in any collision situation, and uses up less trail space.
City council has not yet voted on this issue, only to rewrite the existing regulations to integrate new forms of transportation that have evolved over the past several years. SURU is determined to be part of the solution and will continue to listen to everyone.
Ask me anything, and comment if you wish. Dialogue is welcome, and inclusive transportation solutions are our aim.