Growing number of electric bicycles, also pose a problem begins to transportation, especially in the mega cities when traffic during rush hours is almost impossible.
In Manhattan, for example, local transportation regulations prohibit the electric bicycle ride on designated lanes for cars, and they must settle for a relatively narrow paths marked for them. Local regulations define the electric bike as a bicycle with auxiliary engine, with an electric motor that does not exceed 1000 watts and their maximum speed is 20mph (32 kmh).
The electric bicycles’ increasing number in the near future will require new solutions. The cyclists’ claim is that the higher their number is, the lesser will be the number of motor vehicles, as a businessman riding an electric bicycle to work can not drive his car at the same time. But in practice, until solutions in an infrastructure level will be available, expected growth in the number of electric bike owners can create traffic jams of cyclists that will disturbed even pedestrians, in with the lack of choice will also take over the traffic lanes in the roads.
Electricbikee site claims that very soon the rules and regulations for electric bicycles will change, since side walks used by pedestrians are about to become a permanent path for cyclists, and the increasing high-speed e-bikes travelling at more than 30 mph, could exacerbate the existing safety problem.
Another argument raised these days is electric bike is not such a green solution, because their batteries have a significant component of lead, which causes an ecological problem at the time when the battery finishes its life and the lead is thrown into dumpsters.
It seems the main innovation in this growing category comes from Japan. The PASer are a family of e-bicycles designed for aerobic activity, where the heart rate is being measured by a sensor installed on the right handle of the bike. When the heart rate exceeds 120 beats per minute, or another predefined set point that suits the health profile of the rider is reached, the engine goes into action and helps reduce the physical effort while monitoring that the heart rate will not exceed that set point.
The PASer is based on the moving axis and not on the classical chain, and the company that manufactures them, Yamaha, believes this version will be the most common in the near future. These e-Bikes have two electric motors, where the smaller produces 100 watts and is installed on the front wheel, while the second engine starts every time the rider operates the brakes, and it is charging the lithium battery of the bike. These bikes are nearly independent of external energy source, ie, electrical outlet, and thus they become an ideal personal transportation.
An independent manufacturer recently began to distribute the Electric Breeze, which is an electric motor kit that can be installed on any bicycle. The kit allows every bicycle owner to decide whether to ride in the old traditional manner, or install the electric motor in a short time and enjoy riding without a physical effort. One of the manufacturer’s target markets is the army of delivery men zooming around the city and earn a living mainly from tips. Saved fuel expenses is a great solution for them, and in addition, most e-bikes can be cycled by traditional pedalling, even when the battery is empty.