Power struggle

Dicey electric bike regulations and lax enforcement tax Tel Aviv.

May 11, 2015 16:10
Electric bike in Tel-Aviv

Electric bike in Tel-Aviv. (photo credit: ARIEL COHEN)


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The hazards of electric bikes are an inescapable reality in Tel Aviv. If you’ve seen one of the motorized vehicles around town, you’ve also probably been cut off by a lazy cyclist chatting on the phone during your morning commute, or a teenager speeding past you.

The simple vehicles caused 1,000 to 1,600 pedestrian injuries in the White City in 2014, and authorities believe many more undocumented collisions occurred. But despite the dangers, it seems electric bikes are here to stay. In a densely populated city with a high cost of living, electric bikes just seem to make sense for many residents.


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