E-bikes Banned from Sidewalks and Cycle-ways Starting in October

E-bikes Banned from Sidewalks and Cycle-ways Starting in October
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Since the highest speed of e-bikes can go up to 25 km/h and bear a huge difference with pedestrians and bicycles, e-bikes will be banned from sidewalks and cycle-ways in Taipei City for safety concerns.

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Recently, a 14-year-old girl riding an electric bike accidentally hit and killed an 80-year-old woman, raising attention from central and local governments.

On August 20, the Department of Transportation under the Taipei City Government said that even though e-bikes have similar looks and functions of scooters, but considering the difference in speed between pedestrians and bikes, the department will ban electric bikes from sidewalks and cycle-ways (apart from the riverbank cycle-ways) starting from October 1.

China Times reports, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications summoned related governmental departments and local counties for a meeting and announced in August that the regulations will be enforced by the end of the year. Riders of electric bikes will have to wear helmets and register vehicle plates.

Apple Daily reports, Section Chief of the Department of Transportation Liu Jia-you points out, electric bikes are a type of bicycle, so bicyclists can ride e-bikes on cycle-ways and sidewalks where bicycles are permitted. But since the highest speed of e-bikes can go up to 25 km/h and bear a huge difference with pedestrians and bicycles, e-bikes will be banned from sidewalks and cycle-ways in Taipei City for safety concerns.

According to the Department of Transportation, riders of e-bikes do not need to register vehicle plates, nor do they need to hold driver licenses or wear helmets. However, to reinforce management of e-bikes and its cyclists, the department recommends the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to incorporate the management of e-bikes with scooters.

UDN reports, according to the Traffic Division of the Taipei City Police Department, the Taipei City Government currently bans the bikes from verandas. Authorities mainly enforce the law through persuasion, and unless the rider has severely violated regulations or is persecuted by other citizens, penalties will not be imposed.

Storm Media reports, Wang Mu-heng from the Department of Railways and Highways, explains that the manufactures of e-bikes usually produce e-bikes with appearances similar to scooters and sell them the same way as well. They even find loopholes in the law and do not pay the license tax.

Chief of The Motorists’ Party of R.O.C. (MPR) Dong Jian-yi believes because e-bikes have no vehicle plates and compulsory insurances, the drivers can’t claim compensation if an accident occurs. Moreover, both bicycles and e-bikes are categorized as slow vehicles and should not have different standards.

Translated by June
Edited by Olivia Yang

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