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Letter: The issue isn’t e-bikes—it’s speed

"The near-misses (and there are not many) I have had are all as a result of individuals on mountain bikes travelling fast (or dogs off leads)!"
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While some are calling for a ban on e-bikes on Whistler's Valley Trail, this local says electric bikes aren't the problem.

Oh no! The indiscriminate “let’s ban it” brigade is back again re: e-bikes.

Peter Skeels is missing the point! (Pique, Sept. 22: “Put e-bikes on the ballot...”) By way of background, I am 67 years old and, in the summer, regularly ride the Valley Trail on my ordinary pushbike from Rainbow to town and often on to Creekside and elsewhere. My observation is that the vast majority of e-bike riders are of an older generation using the bikes at a leisurely pace in the comfort of knowing that, over-hill and down-dale, they can always get home using their power assist.

The issue is NOT e-bikes, but speed! The near-misses (and there are not many) I have had are all as a result of individuals on mountain bikes travelling fast (or dogs off leads)! Let’s not go down the indiscriminate banning route, thus preventing many older residents enjoying the lovely Valley Trail rather than having to use their cars!

Nick Barton // Whistler

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