Definition of Bicycle

Question

James asked: What are current bicycle state statutes exempting electric bicycles from licensing in the state of Florida?

Answer

Only motor vehicles require a driver’s license and registration. A bicycle with an electric assist motor is defined as a bicycle in the statutes and is not a motor vehicle. A driver’s license or registration is not required to operate a bicycle.

s. 316.003Definitions

(2) Bicycle – Every vehicle propelled solely by human power, and every motorized bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on level ground upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels. The term does not include such a vehicle with a seat height of no more than 25 inches from the ground when the seat is adjusted to its highest position or a scooter or similar device. No person under the age of 16 may operate or ride upon a motorized bicycle.

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2 comments on “Definition of Bicycle
  1. Scotty says:

    If the seat is only 25″ at max height , then that excludes many electrical bicycles. Not many available with those parameters. Am I interpreting this right? Also, if the bicycle is equipped with throttle and pedal assist, is the operator mandated to stay in pedal assist mode? These are my two questions regarding s316.003 I am specifically referring to a Pedego Interceptor electric bicycle . Is this bicycle ok to ride without a drivers license ?

  2. Geo says:

    Scotty,

    The seat height must be greater than 25 inches for it to be a bicycle.

    See this post for an extensive discussion of the pedal/motor power speed issue. Make sure you read the information in the included links and the comments.

    http://flbikelaw.org/2014/08/bicycle-or-moped/

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