I’ve had some nasty comments from both pedestrians and cyclists over the past week or so since purchasing an Electrically assisted Pedal Cycle. I even got stopped by the Police today .
1. Both Pedestrians and cyclists haven’t a clue as to what an EAPC actually is and seem to think abuse is justified whilst riding. There is a lack of understanding caused by ignorance. Most people seem to object to my riding in Cycle lanes. I received a load of foul language today whilst riding in a cycle lane from a cyclist travelling in the opposite direction.
2. I got stopped today by Police for not displaying a number plate. When I tried to explain the law to the Police officer he became extremely rude and asked me if I had been drinking. I explained that I was a teetotaller yet he asked me for a breath test. Upon discovering his machine was out of date he asked his colleague if he could use his but his colleague did not have one on him. He then asked for my driving licence to which my response was this is not a legal requirement for an EAPC. He contacted control for advice. He did not then pursue the subject of Number Plates or Driving Licences again but instead stated he was issuing me with a warning.
Needless to say I am submitting a complaint regarding the Police Officer’s totally unjustified actions.
3. It appears to me that both the public and especially the Police need educating as to the law regarding EAPC’s.
I would be interested to know other riders experiences whilst riding perfectly within the law. Jan