Motorised bikes 'eco-friendly'
TWEED Shire Council has warned that motorised pushbikes on the Tweed are creating hazards for both pedestrians and motorists, but a Cabarita man thinks that's not the case.
Jesse West said if certain laws were put in place, the bikes would not affect anyone.
“Everyone is up in arms and wants motorised pushbikes banned,” Mr West said.
“They are eco-friendly, and don't make a lot of noise.
“There should be laws in place like no riding on footpaths; each bike must have headlights, brakes and tail-lights.
“You have to be at least 16 to drive them and they should be registered with council.”
Mr West has been a mechanic for the last 46 years and has just recently begun building and selling motorised pushbikes to Tweed residents.
“Yelling about banning bikes is not the answer,” he said.
“Encouraging people to do it right is.
“Education is the name of the game.”
Mr West said the bikes are cost-effective and useful for residents who don't have a licence.
“You try catching a bus to get to work by 7.30am from Pottsville to Tweed Heads, you can't.
“I can ride my bike to Kingscliff and back for only six cents each way.
“I'm saving a minimum $130 per week.”
He said the market for motorised bikes in the area is currently untapped.
“They could start eco-tours around the area on motorised bikes and the bikes can also ride on hard sand, so who needs a four-wheel-drive?
“And all of this is without environmental impact.”
The quality of the bikes Mr West sells, he assures, is nothing but the best.
“I sell a good quality product,” he said.
“They have a three-and-a-half-inch back wheel and thick spokes so the tyres won't come off when you go around a corner.
“It's 100 per cent safe.
“And they're a good looking thing.”
On the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority website, motor-assisted pedal cycles with electric or petrol engines are exempt from registration, provided the maximum engine output power does not exceed 200 watts.