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Electric Bicycles and the Municipal Code

Aachen-based Trianel GmbH, a utility founded in 1999 by municipal and regional utilities, started selling electric bicycles (pedelecs) last year. The legality of the sale of the electric bicycles, which require the rider to pedal in order to activate the motor, has now been questioned. It has been argued that the sale would not be in compliance with the Municipal Code (Gemeindeordnung) of  North Rhine-Westphalia.

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