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  • 11 Mar 2024 3:54 PM
    Message # 13327986
    Dan Scott (Administrator)

    BIKES member Fred Koch forwarded this from a GABA (Greater AZ Bicycle Association) newsletter. It’s from a piece on E bike etiquette by Bob William. 
    Your thoughts? Reactions? 

    There are good and some not-so-good bike and e-bike riders. I asked one of our particularly good and considerate e-bike riders to help with a list of “Suggestions of Etiquette for Riding with a Group on an eBike.”

    • Zooming along on an e-bike is a lot of fun, but your riding should not adversely affect the comfort and safety of other members of the group. You may still want to have friends at the end of the ride.
    • If you want to zoom, do it on your own or with a group of other e-bikers.
    • Try riding your e-bike so that no one knows that you are on one.
    • Try to ride within the group, as you would if you were on a traditional bike, not using your power to stay up front.
    • And if the Ride Leader tells the group to ride at their own pace, don’t desert your friends.
    • When climbing up hills, be particularly respectful of those riders on regular bikes; this means not zipping by them, and, preferably, not passing them while spouting snide remarks.
    • If you intend to pass another rider, let them know, and do not do it at high speed.
    • Try to pedal with the same cadence as those around you; zipping along while barely pedaling might still be exercise, but it is not being a member of the group in good standing.
    • As much as possible, avoid the use of throttles. They may be needed at startups on heavy bikes, but to others, as it may seem like you are riding a motorcycle, not a bicycle.
    • Again, remember, try riding your e-bike so that no one knows you are on one.
    Last modified: 11 Mar 2024 3:57 PM | Dan Scott (Administrator)
  • 22 Mar 2024 8:48 AM
    Reply # 13333322 on 13327986
    That all seems reasonable to me.  Cascade has a policy of e-bikes allowed on moderate (or under) pace rides, which also seems sensible.  I'm not sure of the BIKES policy, if there is one.
  • 22 Mar 2024 4:55 PM
    Reply # 13333575 on 13327986
    Rick Proctor (Administrator)

    BIKES Club does have an e-bike policy on our website under the "About Us" tab, then select "Riding With BIKES Club", then select "E-Bikes Policy", or click B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County - E-Bikes Policy (  This policy has evolved over a number of years to maintain a balance of member opinions (those who attended the meeting where this was discussed) and our insurance coverage.  The present policy seems to be working well.

  • 23 Mar 2024 12:49 PM
    Reply # 13333778 on 13327986
    Drew Ellison (Administrator)

    BIKES Club’s e-bike policy is purposely crafted to be similar to Cascade’s e-bike policy. And I think we’ve encapsulated the various gists of the AZ club’s writeup in our policy. 

    We are always happy to update or wordsmith our policy if it would benefit the club. Ideas are always welcome. 

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