Letter: Go slow on e-bikes
August 2, 2017
Lately I've been hearing a lot about e-bikes on the Rio Grande Trail. I'm very opposed to having any kind of motorized vehicle on the trail, except for police officers.
I am an avid cyclist and have been riding for many years. Two months ago, I thought I would try out an e-bike while vacationing in Austria. The path along the Danube is perfect for cyclists, and I, along with several other adults, were trying out e-bikes. Unfortunately, I was hit from behind while stopped at a traffic sign.
E-bikes can unexpectedly lurch forward even for the most experienced bicycle rider. I was stopped and, as you can see from the photo, my pedal cut into my calf when I was hit from behind. Surgery and 30 stitches later, I was released from the hospital. It has been two months since the accident and although still healing, I will have a nasty scar.
When so many families, runners, joggers, walkers and sometimes pets share the Rio Grande Trail, there is not room for fast-paced motorized bicycles.
I can stay off the trail during the bridge construction and I understand the possible need for commuters, however allowing e-bikes should not necessarily be a permanent rule. Maybe the bridge construction could be a pilot program.
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