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    Default Organic Transit Electric Tricycle Daily Commuter on the W&OD

    Is it allowed? Asking for a friend. :0)


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    Interesting vehicle though. Ummm. We might need wider trails. Wider trails--man, that's the dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VikingMariner View Post
    Is it allowed? Asking for a friend. :0)
    Perhaps a better inquiry is whether the rider operates it safely on the trail?

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    The answer probably is somewhere in the mega thread http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showth...ar-on-W-amp-OD.

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    You can't expect me to read that thread from 2015. Oh my gods, just look at all those words (and all that displaced anger, hyperbole, name calling, and trolling). No way I'm reading it. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by buschwacker View Post
    Perhaps a better inquiry is whether the rider operates it safely on the trail?
    The best part was the driver grinning from ear-to-ear.

    Wonder if it will become a trend with about 100-200 of them on the trail. Wonder if the county is thinking ahead on the issue.
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    These have existed for a while, and haven't really taken off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VikingMariner View Post
    You can't expect me to read that thread from 2015.
    Summary: Many objected because it's too wide, and too fast(20-25+ MPH). It barely fits on one side of the trail, and it may not be clear on the first video you posted, but the rider often has to move the right wheel off the trail to give room to oncoming cyclists. Whether it's legal or not was disputed, but it won't be long before we start seeing signs like these(in other states), which prohibit E-bikes specifically. It all depends on how E-bikers behave on the trails. Some argue that there is no or limited enforcement, but the main issue with enforcement or lack off is that it doesn't affect liability in case of a crash. The one who is breaking the rules is more liable. See this post for more details.

    What I recommend instead is a regular E-bike, and one of these Cargo trailers, which is a more flexible setup and less objectionable, and certainly cheaper.

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    Please just make it end!

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    It isn't fair to post a video in youtube with false information (e.g. that the ELF's top speed is 35mph when it is actual 20-25mph) and when corrective information is pointed out in the comments the author deletes the comments section but does not correct the video.

    The answer to the question: "Is it allowed" is yes! It is specifically allowed by VA code because it meets the definition of an electric assist bicycle and electric assist bicycles are regulated the same as "normal" bicycles on MUP in Virginia.

    This vehicle has been safely operating on the trail since 2015 for literally many thousands of miles. At times the operator uses the adjacent path to compensate for cyclists who pass in an unsafe manner or ride side-by-side on each side of the yellow line or weave across both lanes of the path. A vehicle that enables the rider to drive defensively by avoiding asserting right of way in the face of other's dangerous behavior is an odd reason for n18 to want it banned from the trail and replaced with a vehicle more to his liking.

    Sorry consularrider that this extends this thread but VikingMariner appear to be purposefully trolling and a limited response is necessary to correct the bad information.

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