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Texas law for engine assisted bicycle

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Old 02-06-2008, 09:21 AM
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I just found out you can not ride a gas fired bicycle legally in Texas.It has to be electric. They told me being that there is no law covering a gas powered bicycle. It is not legal to ride on the street or sidewalks or bike paths under power from the engine..
You have to have an electric motor to qualify as a motor assisted bicycle.
If you want to see the letter send me a PM, I'll email you the letter.
We need to get this changed! Last summer a different person was in place at that time we could ride with no problems , now that has changed.
Maybe the Fed laws will be in our favor, I don't know yet. If you have information, Let me know, I'd like to see it. I'll bet this forum and the others out there will want to know. It might be time for all Texas riders to band together no matter what forum you like or belong to. You can go electric, what fun is that?!! YOU ALL HAVE BEEN WARNED!!! We are now OUTLAWS!
if you ride your gas fired assisted bicycle in the street, sidewalk, or bike paths in Texas. Well I'm not going to go break the law.
You can watch for the police and cut the engine but I'll bet you will get a ticket. You could tell the officer the engine is the generator for the lights only. I bet he will believe that as well. Best thing to do is get the law changed or revised to include gas engines with electric motors. Gas engines can be rated at so many watts of power, maybe it will work out. Do nothing, sit still, loose our freedom.
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:38 PM
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Here is the Federal laws.
http://dmses.dot.gov/docimages/pdf92/335781_web.pdf

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/...l#Anchor-59217

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Default Re: Texas law for engine assisted bicycle

Your second link is broke.
Please post a link of the Texas State law.
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Default Re: Texas law for engine assisted bicycle

take a look at the moped law. Thats the one I'm under in NC. the electric has no requirements that Im aware of at all.
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Default Re: Texas law for engine assisted bicycle

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All I have on Texas law is the letter I wrote and the reply I received.
There it is in a nut shell.
we do not have a category for bicycles with gas motors (motor-assisted bicycles) only electric motors (electric bicycles). since it does not have a vehicle class it would keep you from riding it on the road, you would not be able to ride it under power on sidewalks and bike paths either since it’s not an electric bicycle.

I’m sorry for the inconvenience this has caused and don’t know if you have the ability to convert the motor to electric, but that’s the only way you would be able to classify it as an electric bicycle since we don’t have a motorized bicycle category.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email or at either of the numbers below. You can also visit our homepage at Texas Department of Public Safety - Courtesy, Service, Protection for more information or to download forms.

Thank you,

Cindy Flores

Training Specialist III

TxDPS Motorcycle Safety Unit

512-424-2817 or 800-292-5787

Fax# 512-424-2506

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Default Re: Texas law for engine assisted bicycle

Might it fall under moped law. Texas Department of Public Safety - Courtesy, Service, Protection

Or might Federal Law come into play since there is no State law in Texas?
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Old 02-06-2008, 05:50 PM
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Default Re: Texas law for engine assisted bicycle

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We might ask that question because the highway troopers all said we could ride these engine assisted bicycles and none of them gave us any problems these guys were cool. When we were stopeed the trooper just wanted to get a better look at the bikes. The highway patrol should be up on the laws better than city police I would think.

We in Texas who might try and go the moped route are limited to in town riding and only allowed on streets with a posted 35mph speed limit or less. That knocks riding it out of town and can't go where a bicycle can go. No trips out of town or on county roads. A bicycle can go on the county roads but if you strap on an engine your screwed that the way I see it. I'm going to ride my Harley instead.
Or ride my outlaw bicycle in the street and take my chances.

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Default Re: Texas law for engine assisted bicycle

Norman I live in Spring. About 20 miles north of Houston. I just purchased my motor assist bike about 2 weeks ago. Since than several local cops have watched me ride past them. None yet have bothered me.
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Default Re: Texas law for engine assisted bicycle

I want to see the pictorial of Norman's "gas to electric conversion".

Let's see, pull the piston out and attatch an electric motor in the case, belt drive to the crankshaft, hide the batteries in the fuel tank......

Seriously, if there is no law, then I believe Federal law comes into play.
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Hey now there's an idea. Make a big honking cylinder facade to hide an electric motor. Batteries in the gas tank. An electric bike that looks like a gas bike. That might work and add to the confusion.................
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