I've had my ebike for almost five months now and have about 1000 miles on it so far. Based on my experience I'm convinced that having a throttle is a safety feature that should be recommended to anyone buying an ebike and also proposed as a safety feature to any legislators trying to regulate ebikes. It seems like the trend is to ban throttles as some kind of unnecessary feature that is abused by bikers using excess speed. I'm sure this happens but I think the safety aspect of a throttle is way more prevalent. For me, starting out using the throttle has a more balanced feel to the bike instead of peddling to start off. I also rely on the throttle when maneuvering in tight areas or turns at low speed. I feel like I can better control and balance the bike at very low speed. I noticed when I went to get my motorcycle license, the biggest part of the riding test was to see how you handled the bike at low speed where balance was more difficult. They didn't care how you did at highway speeds, only how you managed at stop signs and low speed turns. If you had to put your foot down during a low speed turn you would fail the test. Using the throttle is just a safer way to ride in some instances and should be encouraged, not banned by law or ordinances passed by ignorant of the facts bureaucracies. If your local jurisdiction wants to ban ebikes with throttles, please write or call and explain how a throttle is a great safety feature and is especially good for senior citizens that might need a little extra help balancing in certain situations.