KenGS wrote:I guess not being able to use power assistance when not on a shared path is under the Cons heading when it applies.
I'd take a contrary view in saying that it's positive thing not using power on a shared path. Eg in the example of the throttle sticking (or breaking a brake cable), you've got more chance of hurting somebody (other than yourself) if you hit a pedestrian rather than a car. Plus shared footpaths are usually much less spacious than a roadway, so you have less room to manoeuvre at high(er) speed.
Where possible I prefer travelling on the roadway rather than a dual use path, because I'm able to travel faster more safely. Ideally I'd prefer to travel on a dedicated "pedestrian free" bike path, but they're not very common, sadly. In Perth we've now got a blanket 50 km/h speed limit on non-major (or signposted) suburban roads, which means that the speed differential between even unassisted cycles and motor traffic is much smaller. In designated "school zones" the speed limit is 40 km/h, which means that I'm actually able to travel at the same speed as cars (on the flat) without needing to use the motor.
If the blanket suburban speed limit were to drop to 40 km/h, then that would change the entire ball game, and assisted cycles would become a very real option.
Just a thought.