E-Bikes Now Regulated in Colorado
You’re bound to start seeing more e-bikes around the state of Colorado as they gain traction with a new law.
Electronic bikes, or e-bikes, are bicycles with an integrated electric motor which is used to propel the bicyclist forward. Basically, they’re electric-powered versions of motorized bicycles. And if you haven’t seen very many of them around Colorado, prepare to see a huge influx of the bikes as they have now been regulated within the state. This is due to the fact that they are not pure bikes, motorcycles, or even scooters. They’re a weird hybrid, and a new law was created to accommodate that.
The new law places the bikes into three classes, which depends on how fast they go, whether that be due to the rider’s pedaling or the bike’s motor power. The three classes are:
- Class One: “An electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 miles per hour.”
- Class Two: “An electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance regardless of whether the rider is pedaling but ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 miles per hour.”
- Class Three: “An electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 28 miles per hour.
One of the bigger takeaways from the new regulations is that it prohibits minors (under the age of 16) from riding the fastest bikes — up to 28 mph. Plus, you won’t be able to ride the e-bikes just anywhere. The law gives municipalities the choice on whether to allow the bikes on pedestrian and bike paths.
You can dive further into the new law by clicking here.
PeopleForBikes is an organization that helped convince Colorado’s legislation for the new law and to give the community a better idea of how the motorized bikes work. According to the organization’s website:
PeopleForBikes aims to make riding better for everyone, by collaborating with millions of individual riders, businesses, community leaders, and elected officials.”
They’re simply people who enjoy riding bikes and want to share that joy with the local community.
What are your thoughts on the e-bikes and the new law? Have you taken a ride on an electric bike before? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Photos courtesy of the Colorado E Bikes Facebook page.