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This is a rational discussion about e-bikes and regulation of motorized vehicles on trails.

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Animal conflict resulting in a fatality? I'd like to hear more about what this "motorized bicycle" really was.

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How many toddlers have driven their electric SUVs in a park that bans motorized vehicles? I've always found it troubling that motorized vehicles are explicitly banned in parks which are obvious potential routes for commuters. I live in an area which is divided by steep river valleys that the average rider would more than likely avoid by driving a car. An electric kicker motor would be an easy way to overcome the challenges of the terrain.

This should be a pretty easy thing to sort out on the federal level. They define motor vehicles and even have a definition for bicycles:

"(a) Bicycle means:

(1) A two-wheeled vehicle having a rear drive wheel that is solely human-powered;

(2) A two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph."

And done. Leave it to the definition in the CFR.

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Summary: Politician tries to wage a war on aggressive squirrels. Squirrel breaks his face and puts him in the hospital.

In all seriousness, it sounds like this guy had serious injuries. I've had many squirrels cross my path and wondered if they ever got close enough to have this happen.

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I didn't know these were built in Philly. This is a 2WD bicycle that uses a driveshaft that runs through the frame to rotate the front wheel off of the rear wheel. Still human powered.

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There is actually a Pennsylvania Bicycle Driver's Manual hosted on the FHWA website which states that if signal loops aren't working, you can run the light and if you are involved in an accident (or is it incident now?), it is the installer's fault. Running red lights where signal loops don't work is legal now anyway but throwing liability at the installer is something I've never read.

http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/docs/pamanual.pdf

Page 40 of 44.

"If your bike doesn't trip the detector, ... you have to go through the red light. [snip] If you ever have a crash or get a traffic ticket because a traffic light won't turn green, it's the fault of whoever installed the detector."

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"Quick" trip out past the local park and back. Slowest 12 miles I've done in a long time but I'm ok with it since I crossed the same river valley twice and stopped for a little sightseeing (and backtracking) along the way.
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This is something I find myself doing, especially when the Google map bicycle layer presents some awful routes. Recently it tried to send me on a bike path that didn't really exist. It was an emerging rail trail but there was no way to access it where Google said and some spots were swampy to the point I nearly got stuck. I definitely made changes for the return trip.

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Turning back into the cyclist wasn't the safest move for either of them. Appears that the cyclist should have stopped and not have buzzed the guy.
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