Bike News Roundup: 8-year-old threatens to rip off bike thief’s ears

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a look at some of the links that caught our eyes in recent weeks.

First up, this kid is not very happy with some awful person who stole his bike outside his Sedro-Woolly elementary school.


Pacific Northwest News

Halftime show! This guy’s want while driving in Montreal traffic is amazing:

National & Global News

This is an open thread.

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4 Responses to Bike News Roundup: 8-year-old threatens to rip off bike thief’s ears

  1. Kirk says:

    @”Iron Horse Trail with Family Bikes” shows riders with Ebikes on the Iron Horse Trail. Motorized vehicles are specifically banned from this trail, and that would include Ebikes. I’ve been buzzed a few times on the Elliott Bay trail recently by Ebikes, where they are also banned. This morning I watched an Ebike, a big Extracycle, zooming up a sidewalk on Elliott at 20 MPH.

    I was wondering what the full rules are for Ebikes, and couldn’t find any info on the SDOT bicycle page.

    I did find in the Seattle Municipal Code: 11.14.345 Motor-driven cycle. “Motor-driven cycle” means every motorcycle, including every motor scooter, with a motor which produces not to exceed five (5) brake horsepower (developed by a prime mover, as measured by a brake applied to the driving shaft), and every bicycle with motor attached. (RCW 46.04.332)

    So it seems that all Ebikes are now classified as motor driven cycles. I guess this would mean that they would be banned from bike lanes too. Does anyone know the real scoop on Ebike regulations?

    • Josh says:

      e-bikes, including electric assist, are illegal on sidewalks, and on any trail closed to motor vehicles.

      But electric-assist bikes have the same road access as regular bicycles, and are allowed in bicycle lanes.

      It’s not legally clear whether something like Broadway or 2nd Ave is a bike “lane” (part of the street) or a bike “path” (bike-only facility physically separated from the lanes of the street).

      http://wabikes.org/growing-bicycling/washington-bike-laws/illegal-to-use-electric-bikes-on-sidewalks/

    • Josh says:

      State Patrol summary of electric bike laws in Washington:

      http://www.wsp.wa.gov/traveler/docs/equipmt/elect_bicycle.pdf

      • Kirk says:

        That’s an interesting document for the state level, but I am wondering about the local jurisdiction of Seattle. It appears as if Seattle bans electric assisted bicycles from Bicycle Lanes. EPAMDs and electric motorized foot scooters are also banned from bicycle lanes. For Seattle, it appears as if there is not a difference between an electric assisted bicycle and a moped, a motor driven cycle. It seems pretty clear to me what is defined as a bicycle lane, and that human powered bicycles are to use them exclusively.

        RCW 46.61.710: …electric-assisted bicycles and motorized foot scooters may be operated on a multipurpose trail or bicycle lane, but local jurisdictions may restrict or otherwise limit the access of electric-assisted bicycles..
        SMC 11.14.055 Bicycle. “Bicycle” means every device with two (2) or more wheels, of which not more than one (1) wheel shall be less than sixteen (16) inches in diameter, having a steering device and saddle or seat or seats, and propelled solely by human power.
        SMC Section 11.53.190 DRIVING IN A BICYCLE LANE. The operator of a motor vehicle shall not drive in a bicycle lane except to execute a turning maneuver, yielding to all persons riding bicycles thereon.
        SMC 11.14.060 Bicycle lane. “Bicycle lane” means a portion of the roadway which has been designated by traffic-control devices for exclusive use by bicycles.

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