The largest bicycle club in The Villages has announced that a particular class of electronic bicycles will no longer be permitted on its club rides going forward.
Throttle-controlled, Class 2 E-bikes are not covered by the liability insurance policy of the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club, and as a result, they are not permitted to participate in SLBC rides. Cycling club members are well-known for adhering to stringent safety protocols while on the road.
E-bikes have proven to be popular sellers at local bicycle shops, and a new store has opened at Trail winds Village in Wildwood that is dedicated solely to the sale of E-bikes and related accessories.
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E-bikes, on the other hand, have caused a significant rift in the bicycle community, separating those who prefer to pedal and those who prefer to zip along with the freedom of electronic assistance.
“A Class 2 E-bike includes a throttle that can be controlled by the rider, allowing the rider to have greater control over how much power is delivered to the ground.
According to a review in the Electric Bike Report, “that throttle can work in addition to or independently of a bike’s pedal-assisted mode, propelling the bike up to 20 mph and maintaining that speed without the rider having to turn the pedals.”
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E-bikes are permitted on The Villages’ multi-modal paths, which include a pedestrian bridge.