Dutch cyclists in Amsterdam are trying to kick mopeds out of cycle paths. Mopeds are becoming very popular in Amsterdam and their exhaust and relatively higher speed are making many cyclists very uncomfortable. A moped is defined as gas-powered two-wheel vehicle that goes below 25 km/hr (15 mi/hr). In the Netherlands, if a moped can go above 25 km/hr (15 mi/hr), it is defined as a motorcycle/scooter and must be ridden in the motor vehicle lanes. I have a mixed feeling about this because I came from Taiwan, a country where mopeds/scooters are the primary mode of transportation. Mopeds/scooters also have small profiles similar to bicycles, and many collisions were caused by 4-wheelers failing to notice them. On the other hand, I feel that any motor vehicles contribute to air and noise pollutions and their usage must be discouraged.
On the side note, one can learn from the protesting Dutch cyclists - if you want or keep something, you have to fight hard for it!