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Name not shown inside Zip Code 33701 April 22, 2022, 11:31 PM

What is your gender? Male
What is your age? 61-70
What is your zip code? 33701
Which best describes you? I ride both a traditional bike and an e-bike
Do you own an e-bike? Yes
For how long have you owned an e-bike? Less than one year
Do you ride your e-bike on local trails? I ride on a mix of trails and roads
What classification is your e-bike? Class 2 - motor will exclusively propel the bicycle without the rider pedaling and only up to 20 mph
How much does your e-bike weigh? 35 to 50 pounds
What are the top three reasons why you ride an e-bike? For commuting, To not sweat, As a clean energy alternative to driving
What is your primary trip purpose when you ride on a local trail? For fitness/exercise
About how much money do you spend per trip while riding? $0
Do you usually ride alone, with one or more friends, or with a group? Alone
About how often do you ride? 4-5 days a week
How far do you typically ride in an average week? Less than 10 miles
Would you recommend an e-bike to family or friends? Yes
How do you feel e-bikes are welcome on the trails? I feel tolerated
Do you have safety concerns with e-bikes on the trails? Yes
If you answered yes to the previous question, please explain why Many ebike drivers are newbies with powerful, fast machines and no training or understanding of road ediquette. In general the Trail is not wide enough for the increased traffic on busy days. An important factor is closing speeds. Two bikes going 18mph in opposite directions are approaching each other at 36mph (18+18)! Not a lot of reaction time if passing, and that would be the impact velocity of a crash; equivalent to 36 MPH into a wall. Dangerous
Do you obey signage and the rules of the trail while on your bicycle? Yes
How do you rate yourself in terms of courtesy toward others on the trails? I always exhibit courteous behavior
What is the speed limit on the Pinellas Trail? There is no speed limit
What speed do you typically ride on an e-bike? 10 to 15 mph
Do you ride at night on the Pinellas Trail or other areas of Pinellas County? Yes
If you ride at night, do you use bike lights? Yes
Would you take an online 15-minute voluntary safety/courtesy class from your home computer if it was available? Yes
Have you ever been harassed for riding an e-bike? No

Name not shown inside Zip Code 34698 April 22, 2022, 8:45 PM

What is your gender? Female
What is your age? 41-50
What is your zip code? 34698
Which best describes you? I ride both a traditional bike and an e-bike
Do you own an e-bike? No
If you answered no to the last question, do you rent or borrow an e-bike? rent
Do you ride your e-bike on local trails? Yes, mostly on the Pinellas Trail
What classification is your e-bike? Class 1 - motor provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and only up to 20 mph
How much does your e-bike weigh? Less than 35 pounds
What are the top three reasons why you ride an e-bike? To go farther, Purely for fun
What is your primary trip purpose when you ride on a local trail? For casual recreation
About how much money do you spend per trip while riding? $0
Do you usually ride alone, with one or more friends, or with a group? With one or more friends
About how often do you ride? Fewer than 5 days a month
How far do you typically ride in an average week? Less than 10 miles
Would you recommend an e-bike to family or friends? Yes
How do you feel e-bikes are welcome on the trails? I feel very welcome
Do you have safety concerns with e-bikes on the trails? No
Do you obey signage and the rules of the trail while on your bicycle? Yes
How do you rate yourself in terms of courtesy toward others on the trails? I always exhibit courteous behavior
What is the speed limit on the Pinellas Trail? I don't know
What speed do you typically ride on an e-bike? 10 to 15 mph
Do you ride at night on the Pinellas Trail or other areas of Pinellas County? No
Would you take an online 15-minute voluntary safety/courtesy class from your home computer if it was available? Yes
Have you ever been harassed for riding an e-bike? No

James Gilliam inside Zip Code 34698 April 22, 2022, 8:32 PM

What is your gender? Male
What is your age? 41-50
What is your zip code? 34698
Which best describes you? I ride both a traditional bike and an e-bike
Do you own an e-bike? Yes
If you answered no to the last question, do you rent or borrow an e-bike? rent
For how long have you owned an e-bike? one to two years
Do you ride your e-bike on local trails? Yes, mostly on the Pinellas Trail
What classification is your e-bike? Class 2 - motor will exclusively propel the bicycle without the rider pedaling and only up to 20 mph
How much does your e-bike weigh? 35 to 50 pounds
What are the top three reasons why you ride an e-bike? For health or disability reasons, To go farther, For more efficient trips
What is your primary trip purpose when you ride on a local trail? For casual recreation
About how much money do you spend per trip while riding? Less than $10
Do you usually ride alone, with one or more friends, or with a group? With a group
About how often do you ride? Every day of the week
How far do you typically ride in an average week? 20 to 30 miles
Would you recommend an e-bike to family or friends? Yes
How do you feel e-bikes are welcome on the trails? I feel very welcome
Do you have safety concerns with e-bikes on the trails? No
Do you obey signage and the rules of the trail while on your bicycle? Yes
How do you rate yourself in terms of courtesy toward others on the trails? I always exhibit courteous behavior
What is the speed limit on the Pinellas Trail? 20 mph
What speed do you typically ride on an e-bike? Less than 10 mph
Do you ride at night on the Pinellas Trail or other areas of Pinellas County? No
If you ride at night, do you use bike lights? Yes
Would you take an online 15-minute voluntary safety/courtesy class from your home computer if it was available? No
Have you ever been harassed for riding an e-bike? No
If so, do you avoid areas where you have been harassed? No

Name not shown inside Zip Code 34683 April 22, 2022, 2:53 PM

What is your gender? Male
What is your age? 61-70
What is your zip code? 34683
Which best describes you? I ride a traditional, non-motorized bicycle.
Do you ride your bike on local trails? Yes, mostly on the Pinellas Trail
Have you ever ridden an e-bike? No
Are you thinking about buying an e-bike? No
If you are thinking about buying an e-bike, what is your main reason? Not applicable
Would you buy an e-bike if you had a physical limitation that prevented you from riding a regular bicycle? Yes
What is your primary trip purpose when riding on a local trail? For fitness/exercise
About how much money do you spend per trip while riding? $0
Do you usually ride alone, with one or more friends, or with a group? Alone
Would you ride with others that ride e-bikes? Yes
About how often do you ride? Fewer than five days a month
How many miles do you typically ride in a week? Less than 10 miles
How welcome do you feel toward e-bike users on the trails? I tolerate ebike users on the trail
From your experience riding with others, how do you perceive the receptiveness of the public to e-bikes on the trails? I feel the public is tolerant to ebikes on the trails
Do you have safety concerns with e-bikes on the local trails? Yes
If you answered yes to the previous question, please explain why Speed and I've noticed them zipping too close to traditional riders. The survey seems to assume that everyone doing this survey are primarily cyclists. The vast majority of the time I use the trail it's for running or walking, not cycling though I cycle sometimes. I am ok with true e-bikes but not with pure motorized bikes with no pedals and an not ok with the scooters, wheels, and other motorized devices I see more and more of now. I thought there was going to be a section at the end for general comments but didn't see that.
So given the chance to edit after confirming my email address, I'll add additional comments here. Although not asked in the survey, my biggest suggestion for the Pinellas trail is to put more arrows on the trail on the pedestrian side showing that pedestrians going north should be on the far east side of the trail and pedestrians going south pass pedestrians going north by staying to the right of the pedestrian side of the trail. In other words, pedestrians should stay to the right on their portion of the trail just like the cyclists do and just like cars on the road do. Too many pedestrians going south want to stay all the way to the left even when seeing oncoming pedestrians going north.
Do you generally obey the signage and rules of the trail while on your bicycle? Yes
How do you rate yourself in terms of courtesy toward others on the trails? I make a strong effort to exhibit courteous behavior
What is the speed limit on the Pinellas Trail? 20 mph
What speed to you typically ride? 16 to 20 mph
Do you ride at night on the Pinellas Trail or in other areas of Pinellas County? No
Would you take an online 15 minute voluntary safety/courtesy class from your home computer regarding trail use if available to you? No
Have you seen someone being harassed for being on an e-bike? No

Name not shown inside Zip Code 33770 April 22, 2022, 1:58 PM

What is your gender? Female
What is your age? 71-80
What is your zip code? 33770
Which best describes you? I ride a traditional, non-motorized bicycle.
Do you ride your bike on local trails? Yes, mostly on other trails
Have you ever ridden an e-bike? No
Are you thinking about buying an e-bike? No
If you are thinking about buying an e-bike, what is your main reason? Not applicable
Would you buy an e-bike if you had a physical limitation that prevented you from riding a regular bicycle? No
What is your primary trip purpose when riding on a local trail? For fitness/exercise
About how much money do you spend per trip while riding? $0
Do you usually ride alone, with one or more friends, or with a group? With one or more friends
Would you ride with others that ride e-bikes? No
About how often do you ride? 1 day a week
How many miles do you typically ride in a week? 20 to 30 miles
How welcome do you feel toward e-bike users on the trails? I do not welcome ebike users on the trail
From your experience riding with others, how do you perceive the receptiveness of the public to e-bikes on the trails? I feel the public does not welcome ebikes on the trails
Do you have safety concerns with e-bikes on the local trails? Yes
If you answered yes to the previous question, please explain why I see no reason for e-bikes to be on the trails
Do you generally obey the signage and rules of the trail while on your bicycle? Yes
How do you rate yourself in terms of courtesy toward others on the trails? I make a strong effort to exhibit courteous behavior
What is the speed limit on the Pinellas Trail? There is no speed limit
What speed to you typically ride? 10 to 15 mph
Do you ride at night on the Pinellas Trail or in other areas of Pinellas County? No
Would you take an online 15 minute voluntary safety/courtesy class from your home computer regarding trail use if available to you? Yes
Have you seen someone being harassed for being on an e-bike? No

Name not shown inside Zip Code 34698 April 22, 2022, 1:05 AM

What is your gender? Female
What is your age? 51-60
What is your zip code? 34698
Which best describes you? I ride a traditional, non-motorized bicycle.
Do you ride your bike on local trails? Yes, mostly on the Pinellas Trail
Have you ever ridden an e-bike? No
Are you thinking about buying an e-bike? No
If you are thinking about buying an e-bike, what is your main reason? Not applicable
Would you buy an e-bike if you had a physical limitation that prevented you from riding a regular bicycle? Yes
What is your primary trip purpose when riding on a local trail? For fitness/exercise
About how much money do you spend per trip while riding? $0
Do you usually ride alone, with one or more friends, or with a group? It varies
Would you ride with others that ride e-bikes? No
About how often do you ride? 2-3 days a week
How many miles do you typically ride in a week? More than 40 miles
How welcome do you feel toward e-bike users on the trails? I do not welcome ebike users on the trail
From your experience riding with others, how do you perceive the receptiveness of the public to e-bikes on the trails? I feel the public does not welcome ebikes on the trails
Do you have safety concerns with e-bikes on the local trails? Yes
If you answered yes to the previous question, please explain why I’m very glad you’re conducting this survey because the increase in e-bikes on the trail is a huge source of frustration for me and many cyclists I know! For context I’ve been riding on the trail for over 10 years and we specifically purchased our house to be close to the trail, so it’s a big part of my life. Most riders of e-bikes on the trail are inexperienced and don’t pay attention to their surroundings and other riders. They whizz by at high speeds (you can’t hear their motor) without letting you know they’re passing which is obviously very dangerous. It’s also very difficult to judge their speed when they’re approaching from the other direction which affects decision making when passing riders in front of me, etc.
It’s my understanding that the P trail was specifically developed to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe by giving us a place to ride without motorized vehicles. E-bikes ARE motorized so they should NOT be allowed. I’ve noticed since e-bikes have been allowed on the trail it’s led to people riding gas powered dirt bikes as well as impaired riders doing pub crawls.
I do recognize that there are people who just can’t physically ride a regular bike who would like to enjoy the trail (especially the elderly). At the very least there should be a mandatory class for those buying and renting e-bikes with a test they must pass which includes trail safety and etiquette. Bike shops and rental shops should be made to take more responsibility for who they send out on e-bikes to keep everyone safer.
Do you generally obey the signage and rules of the trail while on your bicycle? Yes
How do you rate yourself in terms of courtesy toward others on the trails? I make a strong effort to exhibit courteous behavior
What is the speed limit on the Pinellas Trail? 20 mph
What speed to you typically ride? 10 to 15 mph
Do you ride at night on the Pinellas Trail or in other areas of Pinellas County? Yes
If you ride at night, do you use bike lights? Yes
Would you take an online 15 minute voluntary safety/courtesy class from your home computer regarding trail use if available to you? Yes
Have you seen someone being harassed for being on an e-bike? No

Name not shown inside Zip Code 34695 April 21, 2022, 2:45 PM

What is your gender? Female
What is your age? 61-70
What is your zip code? 34695
Which best describes you? I ride a traditional, non-motorized bicycle.
Do you ride your bike on local trails? Yes, mostly on other trails
Have you ever ridden an e-bike? No
Are you thinking about buying an e-bike? No
Would you buy an e-bike if you had a physical limitation that prevented you from riding a regular bicycle? Yes
What is your primary trip purpose when riding on a local trail? For fitness/exercise
About how much money do you spend per trip while riding? $0
Do you usually ride alone, with one or more friends, or with a group? With one or more friends
Would you ride with others that ride e-bikes? No
About how often do you ride? 4-5 days a week
How many miles do you typically ride in a week? More than 40 miles
How welcome do you feel toward e-bike users on the trails? I do not welcome ebike users on the trail
From your experience riding with others, how do you perceive the receptiveness of the public to e-bikes on the trails? I feel the public is tolerant to ebikes on the trails
Do you have safety concerns with e-bikes on the local trails? Yes
If you answered yes to the previous question, please explain why First, I thought motorized vehicles were not allowed on sidewalks?? Many of the people I see riding E-bikes on sidewalks are going much too fast and, I believe, pose a great danger to bikers, children, strollers etc. I bike (non-electric) regularly through Safety Harbor, down Bayshore and on the Reem Wilson Trail. I see Frequent speeding on these bikes and they're a heavy vehicle. Folks do not seem to realize that they are supposed to be following the same rules of the road as automobiles. The amount of reckless driving I see on these us getting frightening, particularly on S. Bayshore Dr. If the county is going to allow Ebikes on recreation trails, there needs to be some education and ideally, registration of eBikes. This week alone I had someone come flying around a curve on the left side of the sidewalk and came within inches of hitting me. I would estimate he was going at least 25 miles an hour. How is it considered safe for people to ride these motorized vehicles on sidewalks and trails?
Do you generally obey the signage and rules of the trail while on your bicycle? Yes
How do you rate yourself in terms of courtesy toward others on the trails? I make a strong effort to exhibit courteous behavior
What is the speed limit on the Pinellas Trail? I don't know
What speed to you typically ride? 10 to 15 mph
Do you ride at night on the Pinellas Trail or in other areas of Pinellas County? No
If you ride at night, do you use bike lights? Yes
Would you take an online 15 minute voluntary safety/courtesy class from your home computer regarding trail use if available to you? Yes
Have you seen someone being harassed for being on an e-bike? No

Name not shown inside Zip Code 34683 April 21, 2022, 12:22 PM

What is your gender? Female
What is your age? 61-70
What is your zip code? 34683
Which best describes you? I ride a traditional, non-motorized bicycle.
Do you ride your bike on local trails? Yes, mostly on the Pinellas Trail
Have you ever ridden an e-bike? Yes
Are you thinking about buying an e-bike? No
If you are thinking about buying an e-bike, what is your main reason? Not applicable
Would you buy an e-bike if you had a physical limitation that prevented you from riding a regular bicycle? No
What is your primary trip purpose when riding on a local trail? For fitness/exercise
About how much money do you spend per trip while riding? $10
Do you usually ride alone, with one or more friends, or with a group? It varies
Would you ride with others that ride e-bikes? No
About how often do you ride? 2-3 days a week
How many miles do you typically ride in a week? 20 to 30 miles
How welcome do you feel toward e-bike users on the trails? I do not welcome ebike users on the trail
From your experience riding with others, how do you perceive the receptiveness of the public to e-bikes on the trails? I feel the public does not welcome ebikes on the trails
Do you have safety concerns with e-bikes on the local trails? Yes
If you answered yes to the previous question, please explain why They go to fast. Above speed limit. They don’t slow down for stop signs. They don’t wait to pass. They have bad trail etiquette. They should not be on the trail. Motors are not allowed so why are e bikes.
Do you generally obey the signage and rules of the trail while on your bicycle? Yes
How do you rate yourself in terms of courtesy toward others on the trails? I make a strong effort to exhibit courteous behavior
What is the speed limit on the Pinellas Trail? 15 mph
What speed to you typically ride? 10 to 15 mph
Do you ride at night on the Pinellas Trail or in other areas of Pinellas County? Yes
If you ride at night, do you use bike lights? Yes
Would you take an online 15 minute voluntary safety/courtesy class from your home computer regarding trail use if available to you? No
Have you seen someone being harassed for being on an e-bike? No

Carol Butterfield inside Zip Code 33771 April 21, 2022, 11:18 AM

What is your gender? Female
What is your age? 61-70
What is your zip code? 33771
Which best describes you? I ride an electric bicycle (e-bike)
Do you own an e-bike? Yes
For how long have you owned an e-bike? Less than one year
Do you ride your e-bike on local trails? Yes, mostly on the Pinellas Trail
What classification is your e-bike? Class 2 - motor will exclusively propel the bicycle without the rider pedaling and only up to 20 mph
How much does your e-bike weigh? More than 50 pounds
What are the top three reasons why you ride an e-bike? For health or disability reasons, To go farther, Purely for fun
What is your primary trip purpose when you ride on a local trail? For fitness/exercise
About how much money do you spend per trip while riding? $10 to $25
Do you usually ride alone, with one or more friends, or with a group? With one or more friends
About how often do you ride? 4-5 days a week
How far do you typically ride in an average week? 20 to 30 miles
Would you recommend an e-bike to family or friends? Yes
How do you feel e-bikes are welcome on the trails? I feel tolerated
Do you have safety concerns with e-bikes on the trails? No
Do you obey signage and the rules of the trail while on your bicycle? Yes
How do you rate yourself in terms of courtesy toward others on the trails? I always exhibit courteous behavior
What is the speed limit on the Pinellas Trail? 20 mph
What speed do you typically ride on an e-bike? 10 to 15 mph
Do you ride at night on the Pinellas Trail or other areas of Pinellas County? No
If you ride at night, do you use bike lights? Yes
Would you take an online 15-minute voluntary safety/courtesy class from your home computer if it was available? Yes
Have you ever been harassed for riding an e-bike? No

Name not shown inside Zip Code 34683 April 21, 2022, 10:50 AM

What is your gender? Male
What is your age? over 80
What is your zip code? 34683
Which best describes you? I ride a traditional, non-motorized bicycle.
Do you ride your bike on local trails? Yes, mostly on the Pinellas Trail
Have you ever ridden an e-bike? No
Are you thinking about buying an e-bike? No
Would you buy an e-bike if you had a physical limitation that prevented you from riding a regular bicycle? Yes
What is your primary trip purpose when riding on a local trail? For fitness/exercise
About how much money do you spend per trip while riding? $0
Do you usually ride alone, with one or more friends, or with a group? Alone
Would you ride with others that ride e-bikes? No
About how often do you ride? 2-3 days a week
How many miles do you typically ride in a week? 20 to 30 miles
How welcome do you feel toward e-bike users on the trails? I tolerate ebike users on the trail
From your experience riding with others, how do you perceive the receptiveness of the public to e-bikes on the trails? I feel the public is tolerant to ebikes on the trails
Do you have safety concerns with e-bikes on the local trails? No
Do you generally obey the signage and rules of the trail while on your bicycle? Yes
How do you rate yourself in terms of courtesy toward others on the trails? I make a strong effort to exhibit courteous behavior
What is the speed limit on the Pinellas Trail? 20 mph
What speed to you typically ride? 10 to 15 mph
Do you ride at night on the Pinellas Trail or in other areas of Pinellas County? No
Would you take an online 15 minute voluntary safety/courtesy class from your home computer regarding trail use if available to you? Yes
Have you seen someone being harassed for being on an e-bike? No