Wildly irresponsible e-bike sales pitch
Re. 584-728′ Swagtron SwagCycle Folding E-Bike
1) Shannon Smith said that, unlike other mobility devices, the bike is “the cool way to keep you mobile and functional” This is dangerous; mobility devices are medical devices, usually prescribed by a Dr. And they are NOT interchangable. Besides, how many mobility devices have TWO wheels? Later, Bill Duggin calls it a “commuter device.” Which is it?
2) They never, ever addressed the folowing:
– using them on campus: my local college is a “dismount” campus. Bikes, scooter’s, and skateboards must be walked.
– in my city, these are ILLEGAL on the sidewalks and riders must wear a helmet and HAVE A DRIVERS LICENSE. People should know they may have to ride them in the streets.
– I guess the “official” speed is 10mph, but Bill Duggin, with a wink and a nod, said he gets 14 mph. The speed limit in my city is 12mph.
The whole presenting is a mess.
You are correct. I just looked at the reviews which are split evenly. It seems this bike is illegal to ride in most metropolitan areas. People should also be aware that the return cost is close to $120, yikes!
It was just last week that San Francisco put a temporary ban on all e-bikes and e-scooters until the city can sort out the mess they’re causing.
Ironically, they’re not even off-street legal in HSN’s own home of Florida:
s. 316.1995 – Driving Upon Sidewalk or Bicycle Path
(1)…. a person may not drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a bicycle path, sidewalk, or sidewalk area, except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.
(3) This section does not apply to motorized wheelchairs.
Note the exception for motorized wheelchairs, which are actual mobility devices and not interchangeable with “cooler” e-bikes. Honestly, even for Shannon Smith this was a cynical sales ploy.
(Apologies for all the dumb iPad autocorrect typos!)
Posted in HSN TV
06.10.18 9:21 AM