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Old 06-14-2011, 01:03 PM
happyvalley happyvalley is offline
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Default Re: Motorized vs. Electric

Originally Posted by gobigkahuna View Post
Stupid question: How does the law view electric powered bicycles, the same as gas powered? One of the things I miss with my powered bike is that I can't (legally) ride on bike paths any more. Is it the same for electrically powered bikes?
Not stupid at all, rather one that is producing some contested discussion in legal forums. Floating around out there is the inclusion of E vehicles in a federal mandate for states vehicle code compliance.

As to bike paths, where I live they are many, used heavily by bikers and walking people as well, and are posted 'no motor vehicles allowed'.
Gas bikes will raise issues, even an EHO35 with additional muffling, and today everyone carries a cell phone and are not shy about making a call. I know. On a practical level though, the stealth of Ebikes doesn't seem to raise the same degree of ire.
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