The Road Ahead : February March 2009
showyourcard&save street legal visit racq.com v m RACQ members show your membership card between 15 & 28 February 20% at any Colorado, JAG, Mathers or Williams stores and receive New Season Productoff* That’s right, stock up on new season full price clothing and footwear at any of these retail outlets at 20% off! The best news is you can redeem this offer as many times as you like, for these two weeks, just by showing your RACQ card. *Offer valid in our Queensland stores only, and excludes all other states and territories within Australia and all New Zealand stores. Promotional period commences on Sunday 15th February 2009 and ends on Saturday 28th February 2009. The 20% discount applies to all full price product only. Offer not valid in Clearance stores including DFO outlets. Offer valid for RACQ members only and membership card must be presented in store to redeem offer. Offer not redeemable for cash and not valid for gift card purchases, against a prior purchase or lay-bys or in conjunction with any other offer. 18 FEB/MAR 09 L WITH RACQ’S LEGAL ADVISORY SERVICE Electric bikes ast edition, we brought you some information on electric bikes. This column clarifi es and updates the information previously supplied. There are various kinds of electric bikes available for purchase in Queensland. Electric bikes fi tted with a motor with an output of less than 200 W (not kW as mentioned in our last column) are ‘vehicles’ regulated by the Queensland Road Rules. This kind of electric bike is not a ‘wheeled recreational device’. When riding an electric bike, you must sit astride the rider’s seat facing forwards, hold the handle bars with at least one hand and wear an approved bike helmet that is fastened at all times. If you ride the electric bike on the road, you should use a bike lane, if provided. The road rules say you can ride an electric bike in lanes marked for trams, buses and transit lanes. Always ride an electric bike in the direction the traffi c is travelling. You must keep left and give way to pedestrians if riding the electric bike on the footpath or a shared path. Do not ride your electric bike on a footpath if there is a ‘no bicycles’ sign. In June 2008, a NSW Supreme Court held that a bike fi tted with a motor producing an output of less than 200 W was not a traditional ‘pedal cycle’. This was because the motor was the primary mode of propulsion. It was also held important to consider the bike’s size, shape, weight, running distance, motor power, speed, climbing angle, appearance and structure. This case may have ramifi cations for Queensland riders, however, it is yet to apply here. This column provides general information only on legal topics. Members can obtain specific advice on legal queries of a motoring nature from the RACQ Legal Advisory Service by calling 3361 2575.
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