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In response to the post calling e-bike users “lazy MF’s”, there have been a couple of studies comparing the amount of exercise done by e-bike vs regular bike users. One, reported in the magazine “Outside” if memory serves me correctly, actually found that the e-bike users got more exercise than the control group, mainly because they enjoyed it more and therefore did more cycling. Here is a link to another study out of Utah comparing intensity levels on a set route: https://news.byu.edu/intellect/e-bikes-provide-intense-exercise-but-it-doesnt-feel-like-a-workout
If someone will get out and exercise using an e-bike, whether they absolutely need the pedal assist or not, when the alternative is that they would not cycle at all, then this would be a great boon to that person, as well as getting another person into the cycling community. What’s not to like? Why should it bother you if someone else just decides they prefer a pedal-assist bike?
There are some folks do not want anyone using the trails outside their niche group, whether it be hikers, horse people, regular mountain bikers, etc if because of concerns about safety, trail integrity, impact on wildlife etc. These are valid concerns. Keeping other folks off trails just because they don’t meet your ideas of who should be worthy to use the trail is not, in my opinion.