Really, the first form of modern personal electric transportation that gained popularity was the Segway. The Segway was way ahead of its time – it was really breakthrough technology at the time.
But then this happened….
In that moment, both George Bush and the Segway share price, plummeted. This event pretty much relegated the Segway to malls, airports and Olympic stadiums, usually manned by security personnel.
Oh, this probably didn’t help either.
It was probably all a bit of a case of bad timing, as not only was the technology well ahead of its time, the Segway was well ahead of community acceptance and ultimately too far ahead of legislation - as no one could decide where they belong; on the road or on the sidewalk.
Any lasting hope for the Segway, went off a cliff - literally, with the CEO James Heselden, accidentally steering him and his Segway off a cliff. Click here to see the article.
It’s probably safe to say that the modern-day hoverboard, a much cheaper version of the same technology, has probably suffered the same fate. Its problems were perhaps related to quality control issues like this…
Personalised electric transportation, however, goes back much further than you would think – like 100 years plus further, and involves our humble friend, the bicycle.
The image above is from 1932, and whilst it isn’t the first electric bike, at least it had desirable looks, which in all fairness, have plagued many modern entry-level ebikes.
Australia has had a more turbulent relationship with ebikes than most countries. For quite some time we had our own unique set of regulations, based around a nominal standard of 200 watt. Our market being so small meant that few manufacturers would custom design their ebikes for our market, and hence Australian customers had a pretty poor selection to choose from.
Luckily about 5 years ago the powers that be, decided to homologate the regulations to incorporate the 250 watt European standard. This meant it has been a lot easier to order the smaller quantities that our Australian market can afford.
With the litigious environment that is Australia, the ebike has solidified itself as the only powered vehicle that is allowed on the road, unregistered and unlicensed. Of all the other alternatives such as Segways, electric scooters, hoverboards, electric skateboards - none of them are legally allowed to be used on the road or bike paths across all Australian states.
Globally there are some pretty big players that are trying to disrupt the market for personalised electric transportation, and this includes those companies involved in the share economy, think Uber, AirBnb etc...
So expect to see the resurgence of bike share companies coming back with ebikes, and possibly even escooters, whether or not they are legally allowed.
So regulations will need to keep up with the technology, in all areas - including public transportation, recreational riding and even in areas where we really shouldn’t be seeing electric assistance at all...
The term ‘Entity Cycling’ or ‘us’ or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is Ground Floor, Unit 13, 25 Frenchs Forest Road East, French Forest 2086 NSW. Our ABN is 13 677 101 175. The term ‘you’ refers to the user or viewer of our website.
The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.
Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.
This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.
All trademarks reproduced in this website, which are not the property of, or licensed to the operator, are acknowledged on the website.
Unauthorised use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.
From time to time, this website may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).
Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the website is subject to the laws of Australia.
We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.
What we collect
We may collect the following information:
name and job title
contact information including email address
demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers
What we do with the information we gather
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
Internal record keeping.
We may use the information to improve our products and services.
We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Controlling your personal information
You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:
whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us.
We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.
If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.