Transportation is a different subject from exercise, and for the tiny minority that can combine them great, but it's irrelevant to the discussion unless pedelecs only are mandated, in which case popularity will suffer drastically. Food as fuel for transportation is a breakeven proposition at best, and that's special purpose crops only for ethanol as fuel for ICE's, not consumption. For food it's 2-3 fold higher in land requirements and other costs to produce it.
90% of my battery stockpile is recycled batteries, so that's a plus not a negative.
My 50mph ebike, 55mph ebike, 59mph super ebike, and 60mph cargo ebike all have 2 wheels and are not legally any type of motor vehicle. Since they have 2 wheels, whether anyone likes it or not, they are bicycles, so get over it. Sure they blur the line between what are commonly motorcycles and bicycles, but they have enough bicycle gene for the locals to call them bicis not motos, and they're legally bicycles, so to insist that they're motorcycles is trolling. Just like Sam Whittingham's velo didn't turn into a motorcycle just because he pedaled in up to 82mph, if someone took an identical velo and installed a small electric motor to propel it to the same speed it would also stay just a bicycle.
I'm secure enough that I really don't care what anyone calls my ebikes. I'll cross the bridge of legality once there is one, and hopefully I can direct input toward open minds during it's construction so ebike growth here isn't stifled by rules. What's upsetting though is ESers who get hung up on rules, not about how they affect themselves which is understandable, but in how the rules need to be enforced on others, and even worse to be in favor of new rules that specifically further restrict or attempt to exclude fellow ebikers...some even based soley on what they look like.
How can any member disagree with the simple concept of "the more ebikes the better"? It's an easy concept to embrace. Just imagine how much better the world would be if tomorrow everyone who has a distance to travel that is practical for an ebike, rode one.
To me there shouldn't be any hesitation about embracing that concept. It comes with compromises, so it won't be everyone holding hands and singing Kumbaya. It's going to take time to grow more infrastructure, and that means what exists is going to be more crowded, and with clueless noob riders on ebikes some of us wouldn't be caught dead riding. Let go of all your preconceived notions and share the way and be friendly and helpful by welcoming them to the future, and by letting them know the proper etiquette if they appear ignorant about how things work. If they look like an accident just waiting to happen give them some riding or safety tips. Accept the fact that if their ebikes have performance limited to that of pedal bikes, then they belong right there too.
There's another important facet to being a real ebike ambassador. It's a simple fact that many, if not most, will want more power than what is legally permitted. These high power ebikes will be available as "off road" versions, and people will build a lot more of them too. Not only will people ride them on the road, but they'll ride them on the paths. As long as they aren't being a menace by riding in a manner that shouldn't be accepted for pedalists either, then why should you care whether they have a license plate? Just let them ride in peace and stop calling their ebikes electric motorcycles. All you're supposed to care about is being happy that they're on an ebike and not in a car. Also, keep in mind that in many jurisdictions it's impossible or at a minimum extremely difficult to get these kinds of ebikes registered, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't exist or that they shouldn't be used as basic transportation, as long as they aren't causing any harm to anyone else. Whatever legal risk they have is their business, not yours.
IOW do anything you can to promote the use of ebikes, and that includes not discouraging anyone who rides one as long as they ride in a responsible and respectful manner.