Increasing saddle height and height increasing hacks are just two of the things that will soon make riding in a saddle impossible.
Cyclists across Australia are bracing themselves for a massive fall in saddle height as the world comes to terms with the looming threat of a severe winter and the impending impacts of climate change.
The new government has announced that the state will be the first to be given the new rule to increase saddle height by 20 millimetres.
“That is quite a significant change, to be honest, it’s quite dramatic,” Australian Cycle Industry Association chief executive Mike Fenton said.
“I think it’s a major leap forward in terms of the standards that we’re setting, so it’s something that’s very exciting to see.”
The other thing that is interesting is it will affect other states that have already adopted it.
“Mr Fenton says it will also affect those who use electric scooters.”
The state will get the first go at increasing the height of electric scooter saddle by 20mm. “
It will mean that many people who have ridden scooters, even those that have not, will have to use electric motor scooters.”
The state will get the first go at increasing the height of electric scooter saddle by 20mm.
The new law will apply to motorcycles, electric scopes, cycle scooters and scooters using a motor which can reach an elevation of at least 1250mm.
“It’s a massive step forward,” Mr Fenton added.
Under the new regulation, riders will be able to ride in a scooter at a height of up to 50mm above the ground, if they have a saddle height of at or above 1250 mm.
While the change in height will make it easier to ride scooters on the road, Mr Fenson warns the change will make riding on a saddle easier as well.
“If you’re a rider that has been riding for a long time, you’ll still have to ride on a lot more support,” he explained.
As the rise in saddle heights is gradual, Mr Boulton says the impact on cycling infrastructure will be even greater.
“There will be a lot of infrastructure problems, especially for bikes that have to be moved in a different direction, like when they go off road,” he added.
“When you have people riding on bikes with a saddle that’s too high, there’s a lot less support to hold the bike in place.”
Mr Fentsons association is calling for the state to adopt a “stability of ride” rule to protect the viability of existing bike infrastructure.
“As you see more and more people riding, you will see that more people will need to use the same infrastructure, the same routes,” Mr Boultons association chief executive Greg Boulson said.