What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by markz » Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:08 pm

miro13car wrote: Still I am on weird looking bike with people giving me weird looks - what is this?
and I enjoy this way.
Imagine every third, every forth ride on bike path is electric!! Yeah i dont want that!
every pathway has warning on entrance - no motorized vehicles. I e-ride on pathways everyday, and Fish Creek Park - Though that does not stop me at all

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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by miro13car » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:37 pm

markz
you see that is people mentality,
popularity of ebikes would mean more demand for charging everywhere which for sure would result in busineses flipping breakers OFF on those outside plug ins.
Now Calgary is EV ebike heaven if it comes to free charging all over the place
example Home Depot , Rona ..
while you shop you charge.

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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by skyungjae » Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:34 pm

My charge is big and heavy. I'm not going to be bringing it anywhere with me. hahaha
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Post by Sunder » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:22 pm

arthurtuxedo wrote: Widespread cycling suffers from a chicken and egg problem: There aren't enough cyclists to dispel the myths, so negative attitudes about cycling persist, so proposals to expand bike infrastructure don't pass and when they do they are underfunded and designed by planners who don't bike. This discourages people from cycling and the negative loop starts over.
One of the big myths is that Cycling is dangerous. One person dies in a car every day on NSW roads. If the media published it, we'd get numb, and nobody would be interested.

One cyclist dies every 2 months. Not only is it rarer, the commenters love to say "well they shouldn't be on the road anyway!" Which provokes angry debate, and gets clicks and ad revenue.

So everyone gets the false impression that cycling is more dangerous than it really is.

The government released an advertising campaign that said things like you are more likely to die from the pollution sitting in traffic, than from a collision riding a bike. And how every person who commuted to work by bike saved the government $22 a day, that could be spent on hospitals and education. It was just ridculed and ignored...

Such is the entrenched attitudes, that meant that even if electric bikes were free, they would not be ridden. The only thing I can think of that will change this, is if people simply could not afford to drive.
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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by markz » Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:38 pm

You have to also account for how many vehicles are on the roads and how many cyclists on riding.
Another way of doing it is, for the total distance of ALL users in one year, much harder to find out.

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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by wturber » Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:07 am

markz wrote:You have to also account for how many vehicles are on the roads and how many cyclists on riding.
Another way of doing it is, for the total distance of ALL users in one year, much harder to find out.
In 2014, bicycle deaths accounted for 2% of all traffic deaths. I seriously doubt that bicycles account for 2% of traffic miles. For the population in general, riding a bike is probably more dangerous per mile than driving.
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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by Chalo » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:52 am

wturber wrote:
markz wrote:You have to also account for how many vehicles are on the roads and how many cyclists on riding.
Another way of doing it is, for the total distance of ALL users in one year, much harder to find out.
In 2014, bicycle deaths accounted for 2% of all traffic deaths. I seriously doubt that bicycles account for 2% of traffic miles. For the population in general, riding a bike is probably more dangerous per mile than driving.
The data show that walking on sidewalks is the worst of the three. But to fixate on injury or mortality rates is to ignore the main cause. It's cars. Once we treat car driving like the moral and social crime it is, these other details will sort themselves out.
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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by wturber » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:35 am

Chalo wrote:
The data show that walking on sidewalks is the worst of the three. But to fixate on injury or mortality rates is to ignore the main cause. It's cars. Once we treat car driving like the moral and social crime it is, these other details will sort themselves out.
Yes. Pedestrians in many cities like Phoenix are nearly invisible to drivers of automobiles. And to make matters worse, pedestrians frequently seem to be unaware of this.

With international fatality rates hovering in the range of 1 death per every 100 million miles driven - a rate about 20 times less than what it was when automobiles first began to be adopted as common means of transportation - it is more than unlikely that people will accept it as a moral or social crime.
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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by Chalo » Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:12 pm

http://www.who.int/gho/road_safety/mortality/en/

1,250,000 dead per year. Countless maimed and disabled. You and the rest of the drivers can be willfully oblivious to it, but it's nonetheless a moral and social crime.

We'll start to see the scale of it once there are robot cars that don't do it.
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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by amberwolf » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:12 pm

wturber wrote:Pedestrians in many cities like Phoenix are nearly invisible to drivers of automobiles. And to make matters worse, pedestrians frequently seem to be unaware of this.
Especially when they just step off the sidewalks into traffic without even looking. :/

(not at crosswalks, intersections, etc--just in the middle of a busy street--sometimes the traffic they get hit by (or narrowly avoided by) is automotive, sometimes it's bicycles--there are places I won't use the bike lanes because it's safer to be in the traffic lanes already "in the way" of cars, than to be where pedestrians are going to step off without warning in front of me, forcing me to dodge left *into traffic* without warning to avoid them).

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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by Cephalotus » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:31 am

How to get millions of ebikes sold:

An ebike needs to be a legal and reliable "bicycle"(!)

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you need a bicycle culture in your country, that includes bicycle infrastructure.

There are millions(!) of Pedelecs in Germany sold at high prices with "250W" Motors and rather small batteries, because they just do their intended job as a much easier bicycle. Their job is NOT to be an electric motorcycle with pedals attached to it.

Worst ebike is the one that burns down your home, second worst is the ebike that keeps you stranded while trying to get to work.

Market data for Germany in 2016: http://www.ziv-zweirad.de/fileadmin/red ... 17_oT1.pdf
(in German)

They sold 600.000 pedelec in 2016 that run only 25km/h, but only 6.000 speed pedelec that run up to 45km/h.

So it is neither motor power nor price to get high numbers. At least in Europe.

In China the situation is different. There the bicycle is the poor mans vehicle, so the ebike needs to ba something you do not need to pedal for image reasons.

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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by wturber » Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:23 pm

Cephalotus wrote: They sold 600.000 pedelec in 2016 that run only 25km/h, but only 6.000 speed pedelec that run up to 45km/h.

So it is neither motor power nor price to get high numbers. At least in Europe.
Well, of course. If the law forbids more powerful ebikes on the road, then they will obviously sell in lower numbers. That doesn't mean that higher powered bikes, if made legal, wouldn't increase the adoption rate.

I live in the Phoenix metro area near Scottsdale. While bike culture is not huge here, there are a fairly large number of bike paths in the area. This helps make bike commuting practical. My commute to work is 16 miles with hills. It also gets to over 100 degrees F in the summer regularly here. A 250 watt motor is unlikely to give me the assist in speed or hill flattening ability or enough relief on a hot day to be enough help make commuting in this kind of situation practical. A 750-1500 watt motor and the ability to cruise at 25+ mph allows me to cover the distance in 45-50 minutes and at relatively low effort on a hot day. While still twice the time as driving, a bike commute is much more practical with that amount of power. In cities and situations where many people have relatively long commutes like this and some bicycle infrastructure, higher powered ebikes should help attract more utilitarian use of ebikes.

I don't know the situation in Germany, but if many Germans have similarly long commutes, then the 250 watt limit is probably an impediment to adoption even though their adoption rate is already fairly high. I favor allowing higher power motors and speed limits of around 25mph or 40kmh (on level ground) for ebikes.
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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by Cephalotus » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:08 pm

Speed Pedelec are legal in Germany. You have to buy ibsurnance for them but this is cheap at ca. 35 Euros per year.

My commute is rather short but I use my bike in any weather except heavy storms which are very rare. Germany has a lots of shit weather...
Two collegues use their ebikes for long distance. 28km and ca. 40km one way. One uses hus speed pedelec almost daily exept during winter the other s standard 25kmh Pedelec just 1 or 2 times a week.

100°F is rare here. I usually take a day off on those days and ride my speed pedelec to a nice lake 15km away...

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Post by markz » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:24 pm

I just watched Justin road trip across Canada again, its quite interesting. Justins work will help ebiking become mainstream, along with a bunch of other people like that Youtuber ElectricBikeReview (EBR), Sondors "BSO", Luna, Endless Sphere Forum, that other forum in the UK called Pedelecs, Facebook groups, Meetup groups, trade shows, and just the fact people see more and more electric bicycles around, it gets them thinking about it. With people getting older and older its cool they have a choice of a low-cost transportation option, whether it be a electric trike, electric bike, a custom mobility scooter.

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Post by Cephalotus » Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:56 am

This is a commercial "fast pedelec" based on cheap Chinese stuff at around 2000 Euro:

https://www.ebike-bausatz.eu/496443/her ... 132ah-akku

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It runs 45km/h (or illegally 60km/h) on throttle alone, which is uncommon in Germany and because of that you need to wear a moped helmet.

Problem is, that you get cheap stuff at that cheap price. Maybe the Chinese motor and battery are fine, but the bike itself isn't imho. Neither the fork, nor the light nor the brakes are adequate, I'm not sure about other components like frame or rims...
If you want to ride 45km/h+ on a bicycle yoo need best quality tires, rims, brakes, light, etc...

A bike of this type was recently involved in an accident, the rider is fighting with death...

I don't know if better brakes or lights could have avoided that accident (car didn't see it or didn't expect that speed when turning left), but they wouldn't have hurt...

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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by arthurtuxedo » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:58 am

markz wrote:You have to also account for how many vehicles are on the roads and how many cyclists on riding.
Another way of doing it is, for the total distance of ALL users in one year, much harder to find out.
I agree with the sentiment, but total miles would be highly misleading in favor of making cars seem safe. The vast majority of miles in a trip for a car commuter are on the highway, a controlled environment where accidents are rare. It’s on city streets where most of the accidents happen. To compare apples to apples, you’d have to compare either accidents per hour of operation, per mile excluding highways, or compare drivers and cyclists making long trips and include the miles that the cyclist spends sitting on a train or bus.

IIRC, in North America that still makes cycling somewhat more dangerous than driving, but not by much. The health benefits outweigh the increased risk many times over and in cities with proper bike infrastructure like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, cycling is far less dangerous than driving.

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Post by wturber » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:06 pm

arthurtuxedo wrote:
markz wrote:
IIRC, in North America that still makes cycling somewhat more dangerous than driving, but not by much. The health benefits outweigh the increased risk many times over and in cities with proper bike infrastructure like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, cycling is far less dangerous than driving.
Right. Because the most dangerous thing for cyclists is automobiles.
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Re: What will it take to make ebikes, More mainstream ?

Post by LockH » Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:55 pm

Hehe... Tried searching ES AND this thread for ANY mention of this article from July, 2015?

E-bikes in the Mainstream: Reviewing a Decade of Research:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1 ... de=ttrv20&
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Electric bicycles (e-bikes) represent one of the fastest growing segments of the transport market. Over 31 million e-bikes were sold in 2012. Research has followed this growth and this paper provides a synthesis of the most pertinent themes emerging over the past on the burgeoning topic of e-bikes. The focus is transport rather than recreational e-bike research, as well as the most critical research gaps requiring attention. China leads the world in e-bike sales, followed by the Netherlands and Germany. E-bikes can maintain speed with less effort. E-bikes are found to increase bicycle usage. E-bikes have the potential to displace conventional motorised (internal combustion) modes, but there are open questions about their role in displacing traditional bicycles. E-bikes have been shown to provide health benefits and an order of magnitude less carbon dioxide than a car travelling the same distance. Safety issues have emerged as a policy issue in several jurisdictions and e-bike numbers are now approaching levels in which adequate safety data are able to be collected. Research on e-bikes is still in its infancy. As e-bike usage continues to grow, so too will the need for further research, in order to provide the necessary data to inform policy-makers and industry.
"Research on e-bikes is still in its infancy. As e-bike usage continues to grow, so too will the need for further research, in order to provide the necessary data to inform policy-makers and industry."

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