Understanding your local laws
While there are some additional regulations covering electric pedal-assist bicycles and where they can be ridden. The reality is that it is not a complex as it may seem.
Pedelecs (pedal-assisted electric bikes) offer the ability for the rider to maintain a more consistent speed whether on a street, bike path or approved trail and therefore most rules are designed to allow everyone to co-exist.
As an association, we support the latest California state regulations and classifications, which clearly define eBikes into three easy-to-understand classifications. These identifiers are identified by the assist operation and the speed that the electric motor provides through assistance. Through the support of organizations such as the California Bicycle Coalition, People4Bikes, and the Bicycle Parts Supplier Association, this template is being promoted throughout the country as a working model for others to base their own legislation on.
Obviously, wherever you ride, following the posted regulations for speed and direction are common sense but you should investigate through your local eBike shop to fully understand the latest rules of the road, as considerations for legal Pedelecs are changing for the better all the time.
Rules of the Road
The descriptions of the 3 different bike lanes comes from the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
Conventional Bike Lanes
Bike lanes designate an exclusive space for bicyclists through the use of pavement markings and signage. The bike lane is located adjacent to motor vehicle travel lanes and flows in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic. Read More>>
Buffered Bike Lanes
Buffered bike lanes are conventional bicycle lanes paired with a designated buffer space separating the bicycle lane from the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane and/or parking lane. Read More>>
Contra-Flow Bike Lanes
Contra-flow bicycle lanes are bicycle lanes designed to allow bicyclists to ride in the opposite direction of motor vehicle traffic. Read More>>