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Rise in usage of electric bikes capable of 40kph prompts appeal for legislation

Advisors to the Dutch government have recommended introducing a 25 kilometres an hour speed limit on the country’s cycle lanes due to growth in usage of e-bikes, which can travel at up to 40 kilometres an hour.

Fietsberaad says that faster cyclists, including those on recumbents and using e-bikes, should ride on the main carriageway instead, although it admits that enforcing a speed limit would be difficult, reports Dutchnews.nl.

According to the advisory body, “the maximum speed limit should apply to all users of cycle lanes, including racing bikes,” but the country’s main cycle campaign group, Fietserbond, says that if a maximum speed limit is set, it should be 30 kilometres an hour rather than 25 kilometres an hour.

Fietsersbond also maintains that faster e-bikes should be banned from bike paths in built-up areas and because of the speeds they are able to achieve, they should be registered as motor vehicles and carry number plates, with riders of them required to take up third party insurance.

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