Bingo! I think the "car culture" is the reason why as well. There seems to be an irrational fear of being out on the road unless you're in the biggest, baddest vehicle on the road.Originally posted by junebride
in japan and europe they are used more frequently than here in the states (probably because we have such a "car culture" here). people would still need to deal with all the problems of bike commuting on roadways just as they would with a regular bike, which may be why more people aren't using them yet.
This is what stops my interest in e-bikes. I cruise on my bike faster and I don't have to deal with the extra problems of a battery and motor.Originally posted by junebride
but you won't be an automatic speed demon on these bikes. here in WA there's a law limiting the top speed electric bikes can acheive at 18 mph. once you and the bike together reach 18 mph, the motor will shut off, and you're on your own until you get below 18 mph again. it really only acheives that kind of speed on flats (with work from me) or descents. and i've been passed going up hills on the eletric bike by racers in training.