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Old 07-10-2011, 10:32 AM
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Motorized Bicycle Newbie
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Valley Center
Posts: 3
Default Re: Here from El Centro CA

I'm new here but here is California law right from there site
Motorized Bicycles

There are two definitions of motorized bicycle (moped). A motorized bicycle is:

A two- or three-wheeled device, capableofnomorethan30mphon level ground, and equipped with:
Fully operative pedals for human propulsion.
A motor producing less than two gross brake horsepower and an automatic transmission.
An electric motor, with or without pedals for human propulsion. (CVC 406[a])
A vehicle with pedals and an electric motor (not more than 1,000 watts) which cannot be driven at speeds of more than 20 mph on level ground even if assisted by human power. (CVC 406[b])
If you operate a motorized bicycle which meets the definition of CVC 406(b), you:

Must be 16 years of age or older.
Must wear a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet.
Are exempt from the motor vehicle financial responsibility, driver license, and moped plate requirements. (CVC 12804.9)
You may ride a moped in a bicycle laneatareasonablespeed.Becareful of bicyclists using the lane.
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