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Forum to address proposed power-assisted pedal cycle restrictions

ENVIRONMENT TASMANIA

This Wednesday, sustainable transport campaigner Greg Clausen is hosting a public forum to raise awareness about power-assisted pedal cycles (PAPCs) such as electric-assisted and petrol-assisted bicycles. This is a great opportunity for the community to have their say. The forum will be held at the Bahai Centre of Learning, 1 Tasman Highway, Hobart, from 7:00 pm, Wednesday 24th June. The forum is supported by Environment Tasmania.

The forum will be chaired by Glenorchy Mayor Adriana Taylor, with Greg Clausen providing a presentation regarding proposed regulations governing PAPCs and the implications for Hobart’s future sustainable transport.

The purpose of the forum is to canvas public views into a public discussion paper prepared by the Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW as the latest step to develop a national strategy in Australia to apply consistent standards and registration requirements for PAPCs.

Mr Clausen said; “Motor-assisted bicycles, both electric and petrol, have a big part to play in the future of sustainable personal mobility, yet hardly anyone is aware that proposed national regulations for these vehicles are currently under review”.

“These proposed regulations will have significant impacts on cost, power, speed, on-road safety and usefulness of power-assisted bicycles.” “These impacts will, in turn, affect the uptake of both bicycles and power-assisted cycles, provision of bicycle-friendly infrastructure, transport oil dependency and greenhouse emissions”.

“We really do need to understand what these regulations mean, especially in Hobart which is unlike any other Australian city so far as cycling is concerned”, he said.

“Environment Tasmania welcomes this initiative and would strongly urge the public to come along to the forum and learn about PAPC’s and be a part of shaping Hobart’s sustainable transport future” said Simon Branigan from Environment Tasmania

This Forum will be of interest to cyclists, community road safety groups, road authorities and environmental sustainability advocates.

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Mike Adams

    June 22, 2009 at 1:00 am

    No 1.
    200W is pitiful. I fly radio controlled electric aircraft of less than 1 metre span and under 1 Kg on 300W plus.
    Electric powered models have a rule of thumb of 100W per pound to get a reasonable performance. On 300W they go a bit more than reasonably…

  2. Barry Brannan

    June 21, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I’m not keen on noisy and dirty petrol-power-assisted bikes – must prefer the electric ones – but I agree the 200W power limits are unacceptable. I purchased an electric-assist bike to help with getting up steep hills… but it simply does not have enough power.

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