- Sep 1, 2008
Auditors have not signed off on any EU spending for 18 years in a row, and yet the EU still finds time for niggling micromanaging such as this, vocally supported by self-described cycling "associations". I'm certainly glad to hear that anything over 0.335 horsepower and can go over 16 mph is officially a motorbike...should I put on a leather jacket too? Ride to live, live to ride and all that...?
The European Parliament has voted to separate regulation on motorised and non-motorised bicycles, a move two-wheeler associations say will safeguard investment in cycling.
In the plenary session, European lawmakers decided on Tuesday (20 November) that any electronically power assisted cycle (EPAC) under 250 watts and a maximum speed of 25 kilometres per hour would remain a bicycle.
Anything more powerful is considered a motorbike, in line with the European Commissions original proposal.
Ceri Woolsgrove, road safety officer for the European Cyclists Federation (ECF), said: We need a clear border line between what a bicycle is and what exceeds the definition of a bicycle. ...