Let's have more of that here as well. Given that the e-bike contributors here are a minority, inflammatory statements and sanctimonious attitudes toward non-ebike riders is drowning out the legitimate statements being made in support of ebikes. There are plenty of pedal-only riders here that can appreciate the benefits of ebikes and some might even concede that a pedelec on a MTB trail isn't something to be alarmed at. I can't see an issue personally, as long as the bike is legal and the rider isn't being a twat.Basic god-dam manners
Let's face facts here, and it's been said before: unless it's a 200W or less powered pedal bike or an EN15914 pedelec, it's a motorbike and subject to all the design rules, road rules and regulations, not to mention having licensed and insured riders. If the home brew ebikers really want to be taken seriously, then their bikes would comply with the ADR (https://infrastructure.gov.au/roads/motor/design/adr_online.aspx), they would get them registered and be licensed and insured to ride them where they are legally allowed to. It's no different if someone was putting lawnmower or chainsaw motors on scooters, skateboards or anything else with wheels that can be made self propelled. The legislation already exists to cover ebikes (along with all other motorised vehicles), but it is being flagrantly ignored by those whose only justification to be riding illegal ebikes illegally seems to be "because I can", and are more likely to get away with it because their bikes are quiet.
All it does is cast negative light on off-road cycling in general, and there are enough 'all bike' haters out there already who think the bush should only be for foot/hoof/no traffic.