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  •  It's a complicated question. (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Deward Hastings, HeyMikey

    There are two types of paths: multi-use and bikes-only. Most bikes-only paths are carved out of existing streets. Even there, I have concerns about motorized bikes. For example, as any bicyclist will attest, riding against a stiff headwind is hard work and reduces speed. So let's say the average speed of commuter cycling traffic is 13 mph or even less on such a day. The motorized bike has no problem still hitting 20, which means it is going 7-8 mph faster than the flow of bikes. Add to that the fact that the motorized bike is heavier and less maneuverable than the bicycles it is passing. So when someone suddenly stops or a pedestrian steps into the path and someone has to swerve, what happens?

    The problems ate only compounded on a multi-use path.

    •  I forgot that what I call bike lanes are also (3+ / 0-)

      called bike paths by some folks. I have much less of a problem with motorized bikes in the bike lane/path of a street than on a multi-use path. MUPs are full of little kids on their little bikes, dogs wandering about on overly long leads and daydreamers of all sorts. Motorized vehicles cannot coexist with all that without some increase in pain and death. Street-based bike lanes tend to have a different type of cyclist, though some do ride at only 10-12 mph. And of course, in that case, the motor-biker can always pass in the "car" lane. I often do that on a non-motorized bike.

      1,000,000 Strong! TOTAL RECALL!

      by pHunbalanced on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:05:15 AM PDT

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