LBC Ebike Position Statement-Approved 8.26.2019
Electric-assisted bikes, “E-Bikes”, are an alternative model of bicycle which opens up cycling for individuals who may not prefer or not be able to participate using a traditional bicycle. With an e-bike, a bicyclist may ride more often, farther, and consider more trips.
PENNSYLVANIA’S E-BIKE LAW FOR THE ROAD as of 2014: E-bikes are defined as a "Pedalcycle with electric assist." A vehicle weighing not more than 100 pounds with two or three wheels more than 11 inches in diameter, manufactured or assembled with an electric motor system rated at not more than 750 watts and equipped with operable pedals and capable of a speed not more than 20 miles per hour on a level surface when powered by the motor source only. The same rules of the road apply to both e-bikes and human-powered bicycles. No person under 16 years of age shall operate a pedalcycle with electric assist.
State and Municipal laws regarding e-bike use on roadways and bike trails vary. The following bicycle industry group maintains an updated facts sheet by state. People for Bikes.
Cyclists using e-bikes are responsible for managing their bikes safely and abiding by all the rules of the road expected of cyclists on traditional bikes. State regulations, rules of use on the road and rider etiquette are the same for e-bikes and traditional bicycles.
Notes of caution when deciding to purchase an e-bike:
- Municipalities have the right to regulate differently. Some recreational trail systems do not allow e-bikes.
- Insurance carrier liability and medical coverage requirements are not bound by the legal definition.Coverage may be different for a “Throttle Enabled” ebike vs “Pedal Assist”. You are responsible for understanding how your coverage may be impacted by what style of bike you are riding.