The government should make ebikes cheaper, not more powerful, if they want more people on bikes

No one with any real interest in seeing an uptake in cycling in the UK has called for the changes, argues advocacy expert Sam Jones

Woman turns on ebike
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What do ebikes need to make them popular? According to the government they need bigger wattage and less pedalling. At least that’s the picture painted in the Department for Transport’s (DfT) latest consultation on the regulation of ebikes published today.

There are two proposals: double the legal wattage of ebike motors from 250w to 500w, and include a ‘twist and go’ throttle which would propel the bike without pedalling. 

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Sam Jones

Sam Jones has worked for nearly 10 years in cycling advocacy and communications. Currently he is the Cape Wrath Fellowship custodian, a freelance commentator on cycling issues and works in the Surrey Hills on access issues. A keen bikepacker he can be found what riding what the UK would like to think is gravel but is actually mostly mud.