Tom, did you watch the video of this guy comparing his e-bike ride to a car trip? I'd like to hear your comments about the speeds he achieves in the marked bike lanes. Also, the study cited in the article compares e-bikes not to non-ebikes, but to e-bikes being ridden with the motor off. That's not a real-world comparison. Like a lot of blogs and studies, these were created by people heavily invested in one side and not the other. I have no problem with people riding e-bikes as fast as they want in the streets. I also have no problems with exemptions being made on trails and in bike lanes for people who would otherwise, because of age or infirmity, be incapable of riding unassisted, or even stressed by it. I do have a problem with the inevitable group of people who would go way too fast on trails with e-bikes. There's already a whole culture evolving concerning overriding speed restrictions on e-bikes. To wit: https://www.ebiketuning.com/ and dozens of other sites like it. Do you really think it's OK to ride 30 miles an hour in unprotected, unbuffered bike lanes and paths in urban areas? There has to be some give-and-take on both sides. I'm willing to concede to an extent on the lanes and trails, but there need to be speed concessions on the other side. And I don't care how stupidly fast some people are pedaling bikes on crowded lanes and paths already. They're wrong and should be stopped as well. Two wrongs don't make a right.
P.S. I'm sure that you, in particular, would ride your e-bike on any lane and trail with great civility and cause no problems whatsoever. But you, and most people on this forum, are not necessarily typical from my experience as a cyclist.
Three grand? I have to admit I was looking at e-bikes on CL and I just saw some near Milwaukee, Trex FX+ e-bikes, used for a really low price. Probably showroom or demo models. I was tempted. I'm saving an old Trek Multitrack 730, a bike I love, to convert to an e-bike when the day comes. If I make it that far! There are some really cool conversion kits out there.
Very nice, though.
FYI - There have been some bike-on-bike crashes on the lakefront trail that involved serious injury. It's not common, but it happens. Occasionally there are other types of crashes, like a person getting launched by a dog leash stretched across the path, or an errant volleyball landing in front of them by North Ave. Beach. Freakishly rare, but I know people who have crashed in all these scenarios.
Unfortunately, there are crashes on LFP and they are a lot more common than you think. It's a congested path only made worse when bikes speed through the busiest sections. Back in the 90s, I got hit from behind by a cyclist who was speeding through a crowded section and passing too closely (and wasn't calling "on your left"). It was also my fault - I was one of those people that didn't look to my left before I moved to the left. I had nerve damage in both elbows for years, got scraped up pretty badly, and learned a valuable lesson about being careful on the LFP. Some are not so lucky.
I like to ride on the LFP but if I am in a crowded section, I slow down. I do see people fly by me on their bikes.
The freakishly rare part was referring to very serious injuries. I see plenty of minor crashes and near misses.
Yasmeen - Sorry to hear about the nerve damage from your crash. Yours and all the other crashes are good reasons to slow down when it's crowded.