Traffic & transportation

Pedelecs/e-bikes should be equal to bikes!

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  1. Launched 2018
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Aim: Pedelecs/e-bikes should be equal to bikes.

In a nutshell:


  • Calling on the ministers of transport to work for equality of the pedelec / e-bike with a bicycle by changing the definition of the bicycle in the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.

  • Adaptation of pedelec / e-bike standards and laws to ensure that the risk of accidents with the pedelec / e-bike is no higher than with a conventional bicycle. Here the stakeholders of the industry and user organizations and the ministries of transport are in demand.


Since 1995, pedelecs up to 25 km / h and 250 watts of rated engine power have been legally classified as bicycles in Germany. But this contradicts the vehicle definition of the United Nations (UN) of 1968.

To ensure that the pedelec / e-bike in the future may be permanently driven without insurance, helmet, age limit and driver's license, we campaign for a change in the UN Vehicle definition.

At present there is a risk of general compulsory insurance for the pedelec / e-bike in Europe.

This could abruptly slow down the development of the pedelecs and e-bikes and especially the cargo bikes. The pedelec plays a central role for the ecological mobility turnaround, as it makes cycling possible for everyone, even under difficult topographical conditions or with physical restrictions.

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But pedelecs are not bikes. They need different rules. I am sick of e-bikes riding dangerously fast on bikeways - with a child trailer! The speed, size and towing abilities of e-bikes is bound to increase in the future. We will need to distinguish e-bikes from normal bikes to make sensible rules to keep the bikeways usable for everyone.

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