From: Geoff Rose
Sent: Saturday, 29 May 2010 7:10 AM
To: Greg Clausen
Subject: Re: Hybrid Pedal/Motor vehicles
Quite a timely email from you. I am currently in Portland Oregon on Sabbatical leave and specifically conducting research on E-bikes. I gave a seminar here last week which is available over the web. The link is http://www.cts.pdx.edu/seminars/index.php - you have to scroll down through the list of the seminars to find mine from 21 May. Feel free to circulate details to you group or add the link on your web site. There are options to stream or download the presentation.
I was aware of the recent (Power Assisted Pedal Cycle) review and find it difficult to understand the scientific as opposed to convenience factors behind the recommendation to adopt the EU standard. This is an area where I have had some involvement over the years. Rather than advocating for a particular standard, my position today is that we need a scientific and defensible basis for informing the discussion about what an appropriate standard should be and that the discussion needs to be framed in the context of sustainable transport as a whole rather than a limited risk minimisation perspective which often dominates when road safety is made an overriding consideration.
Assoc. Prof Geoff Rose
Director, Institute of Transport Studies, Dept. of Civil Engineering
Transport Theme Leader, Monash Sustainability Institute