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E-Bike Guidelines

Section 11-805.2 - Operation of Electric-Assisted Bicycles

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, operators of electric-assisted bicycles, as defined in Section 1-104 of this title, shall:

1. Possess a Class A, B, C or D license, but shall be exempt from a motorcycle endorsement;

2. Not be subject to motor vehicle liability insurance requirements only as they pertain to the operation of electric-assisted bicycles;

3. Be authorized to operate an electric-assisted bicycle wherever bicycles are authorized to be operated;

4. Be prohibited from operating an electric-assisted bicycle wherever bicycles are prohibited from operating; and

5. Wear a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet which meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation Standards for protective headgear for use in bicycling, provided such operator is eighteen (18) years of age or less.

For reference here’s how statutes define electric assist bicycles:

Section 1-104 - Bicycle, Electric-Assisted Bicycle, and Motorized Bicycle

A. A bicycle is a device upon which any person or persons may ride, propelled solely by human power through a belt, chain, or gears, and having two or more wheels, excluding mopeds.

B. An electric-assisted bicycle is any bicycle with:

1. Two or three wheels; and

2. Fully operative pedals for human propulsion and equipped with an electric motor:

a. with a power output not to exceed one thousand (1,000) watts,

b. incapable of propelling the device at a speed of more than thirty (30) miles per hour on level ground, and

c. incapable of further increasing the speed of the device when human power alone is used to propel the device at a speed of thirty (30) miles per hour or more.

An electric-assisted bicycle shall meet the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as set forth in federal regulations and shall operate in such a manner that the electric motor disengages or ceases to function when the brakes are applied.

the PeopleForBikes recommended statutes are HERE


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