Jane has been test riding an electric bike for the last week or two. They certainly help with cycling and are easy to get used to. I can see why people like them and if they get more people cycling, then that can only be a good thing. It's not all about speed and racing from A to B. Cycling has a big social side and using one of these may enable someone to get out and about more regularly.
Jane took the bike up Mt Coot-tha and there were a few complaints about cheating which she brushed off as jealousy.