When I got involved with E-Bikes, I thought the one community we would get the most support from would be the cycling community. Instead members of this community ( not all ) have been our biggest opponents.
We have many of the same ideals and agendas. For some it is e-bikes in general, others just scooter style.
Are they perfect, no. But they do fill a niche. Imagine to get someone out into the fresh air and away from their wasteful and polluting cars, even if it is not full time. Some who have not been on a bicycle for years, others who's physical ability limits or totally prevents the use of a convention bicycle. The argument well they can get on a bicycle style e-bike and just not pedal does not wash. Anyone who has had to deal with a major disability will know what I mean. And I think this negative attitude is short sited and condescending to both our agendas. It hurts all of us ( look they fight amongst each other how can we give either credibility ). To call for a ban on one style or another can have more far reaching effects than expected and lock out segments of the society that will have no other resort then to return to their cars or some stay home until absolutely needed to go out. Not all communities have transit systems available to them or they are very limited.
We can argue the technical merits of what they are and what they are not till the cows come home and nothing will be achieved but raising everyone's blood pressure. They are what they are and in law both styles of e-bike are classed as bicycles. Lets show some level of decorum and do what we are suppose to be doing here to support and help each other.
Note: If this thread turns into another e-bike bashing I will ask the moderator to shut it down.