Electric bikes have long been a favorite mode of transportation for those living in Europe, and their popularity is gaining traction here in the U.S. as well. Thanks to a 2015 bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, the California ebike is gaining widespread popularity in the Golden State. Stay on the right side of the law—and the road—with this overview of e bike laws in California.
What Is An Electric Bike?
The mechanics of bicycle riding are easy to understand. Simply put, pushing down on the pedals with your feet turns the wheels, which propel you forward. E-bikes have an electric motor, which can be located in either wheel hub or even on the frame. The motor does the job of spinning the wheels, depending on whether the bike is electric-only, pedal-assisted or pedal-only. The best electric bikes for you will depend on where you want to ride.
3 Types of Ebikes
California electric bike laws distinguish between three classes of bicycles, based on their speed capabilities and whether they are pedal-operated. Here’s a breakdown of each category:
The state does not require riders to have a special license, and the bike does not need to be registered or licensed. E bike laws also do not require riders to carry insurance.
Rules of the Road
Like other bicyclists, e-bike riders must obey the same traffic laws as motor vehicles by stopping for traffic lights and stop signs, and yielding the right-of-way. Additional requirements include:
Riders may be subject to fines of up to $250 for bikes without working brakes or if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For those between 13 and 21, violations will result in having their driving privileges delayed or suspended for one year.
Get a Custom Fit
Womens electric bikes, as well as those for men, are available in different styles and a range of colors, and can be customized to fit each rider. Now that you know the rules of the road, enjoy cruising around your city with the vehicle that gives you the best seat in the house—your California ebike.
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