jbalat wrote: ↑
Jan 10, 2018 1:27 am
it will be impossible to change the laws now even if they wanted to, the ramifications would be too great especially for all the existing owners of speed limited bikes.
WATT??? (ESB "Search found 15 matches: red flag law"... perhaps best:
To the Editors of The Electrical Review.
Sirs, What is the use of an electric tricycle? The Locomotives (Roads) Act, Section 3, enacts that "every locomotive propelled by steam, or any other than animal power, on any turnpike road or public highway, shall be worked according to the following rules and regulations amongst others, namely: Firstly, at least three persons shall be employed to drive or conduct such locomotive; secondly, one of such persons while any locomotive is in motion shall precede such locomotive on foot by not less than 60 yards, and shall carry a red flag constantly displayed, and shall warn the riders and drivers of horses of the approach of such locomotive, and shall signal the driver thereof when it shall be necessary to stop, and shall assist horses, and carriages drawn by horses, passing the same." And by Section 4, the speed at which such locomotives shall be driven along a highway is limited to four miles per hour, and through a city, town, or village to two miles per hour. Is this how electric tricycles are proposed to be driven? That a tricycle is a locomotive within the meaning of the Act of Parliament if driven by other than animal power has been recently decided by the Queen's Bench in the case of Parkyns v. Priest, 7 Q.B.D., 813.
October 31st, 1882.
...1896. This is the year in England when they celebrated the repeal of the Red Flag laws with a rally race from London to Brighton:
So, maybe 15 years to "get that law changed"... back in time when just about NO ONE owned/operated horseless carriages.
"Closer to home" for us in time and space... from April, 2015...:
Should I buy an electric bicycle? Here's everything you need to know to get started!
https://www.treehugger.com/bikes/should ... r-faq.html
Includes: Some recent compromises have been made whereby pedal-assist electric bikes may reach ~28 miles per hour assisted but only if the rider is pedaling rigorously. A similar class of electric bikes called "speed pedelecs" exists in Europe and have become popular for commuters.