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Could powered two-wheelers be a game-changer for urban travel? : Comments

By Alan Davies, published 26/2/2019

Although thereís never been a strong tradition of cycling in Australia's capitals like there is in many European cities, the availability of battery powered bicycles and scooters is potentially a game-changer.

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How much longer before the human race loses the use of its legs?

Instead of bikes and scooters left lying around, up trees, and in rivers, how about bringing back the tried and true sedan chair for the lazy? Two new jobs created for each chair.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 10:13:06 AM
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I drive an electric wheelchair, range approximately 70kmís with a top speed of 12kph, no need for anything else. Itís got a drink holder and carry bag for the groceries too. Charge overnight and good for at least three days use. Say no more.
Posted by Galen, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 10:22:23 AM
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Fold up bikes/scooters can be carried on board trains. But only by the able-bodied Even their E equivalent.

Current coal-fired power will be phased out around the world and replaced by other carbon-free or carbon-neutral options. Some may well be renewable if they can be rolled out without taxpayer's subsidies!

Given there are vastly cheaper, massively more reliable, safe, clean and much-much more affordable 24/7 options, i.e., MSR thorium! See THORIUM IN TEN MINUTES. By NASA scientist and nuclear technologist, Kirk Sorensen. If only to confirm and validate with irrefutable proof that not only is carbon-free MSR thorium safer, much more affordable than any current coal-fired application!

But that, also and because, it is also the most energy dense material on the planet, and so abundant that we can never ever run out of the stuff. Once deployed, rather than kicking our economy in the testes, it comes with a quite massive, turbocharging, economic boost!

Conversely, there's coal to gas conversions that are both available and applicable. See Graham's Ambit gambit Blog.
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Tuesday, 26 February 2019 10:26:10 AM
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Hear, hear and well said, Galen!

The one I'm currently using is powered by hand and other kindly folks. Without which I'd still be stranded between my home and the heritage bank. Just murder to actually push uphill, without Popeye forearms.

My rooftop solar cost me over 7 grand. And I only get 8cents per exported KwH. Yet pay the electric company 24 cents per, when I use theirs at night. And means, no taxpayer subsidies my renewable options. neither when rolled out or in use.

Therefore given an elderly, frail terminally ill, disabled pensioner is expected to pay for their renewable options while still paying a mortgage! Why can't everyone else!?

Yes, I know how tough it is and would like to kick some of the renewable fanatics in the unmentionables, for literally expecting the great unwashed to support their fanatical fundamentalism on carbon-free power.

Except their (absolutism) position is not quite true, given wind turbines, which only operate on average 6 out of every 24 hours and solar is severely compromised when expected to power anything at night without very expensive battery backup. And just not available unless you're among a privileged latte sipping few.

As always, the aforementioned overcome that problem by spending the taxpayer's funds like drunken sailors, to the endless detriment of the (exponentially) shrinking economy. And the quality of life for all the less fortunate folk.

And try and distract (among other equally disingenuous strategies) by siding with undocumented irregular arrivals! Almost as if they are in league with organised crime/people smuggling syndicates!?
Cheers, Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Tuesday, 26 February 2019 11:05:35 AM
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I agree wholeheartedly with using two wheeled transportation.
My very first vehicle (a long time ago) was a motor scooter.

Since then,I've had the usual range of cars, and now use a little 4WD for leaflet delivery work.
A few years ago I used the assistancer a petrol-assisted pedal pushbike to make city delivery work easy, quick, and fast.
Then as work increased, I switched to a small motor scooter for longer routes.

The van gives me about 8km per litre at slow kerb crawl, whereas the scooter gives around 30km/litre. I feel good about reducing my fuel consumption and subsequent pollution.
This economy is excellent, aided by the sheer enjoyment of open-air travel through pleasant surrounds
I also prefer to use the scooter for private use most of the time and it sure is easy to park to manoeuvre past queued cars.
It makes sense in dense cities to use cycle transport for single person travel, with the attendant convenience of direct point-to-point journeying. Go for it, commuters.
Posted by Ponder, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 12:49:22 PM
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http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2019/02/21/Electric-bikes-could-improve-brain-function-in-older-people/8191550779306/
Posted by mhaze, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 12:51:07 PM
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