Should e-bikes go faster in the UK? This petitioner thinks so

A top speed of 20mph would feel more natural and might stave off illegal tampering, says enthusiast Paulina Stopa

A woman on an e-bike by the coast with an embedded screenshot of a uk government petition
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A cyclist has started an online petition to increase the maximum assisted speed of electric bikes in the UK. 

E-bike enthusiast Paulina Stopa has called on the UK government to raise the limit from 15.5mph (25km/h) to 20mph (30km/h), in line with other countries such as the USA, Canada and Brazil. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.