Gas Bikes – No BS Please!
Keith asked: Ok so I’ve done some reading on here and what I got from all of it is that if I have a gas powered motor on a bike I can’t ride on the sidewalk, not only that but I cant drive it on the bike lanes as well? That doesn’t make sense…so what am I suppose to do with it then, look at it? I don’t have a license and it’s my only transportation to work. Not only that but I am on probation and that’s what makes it a hundred times worse. I’m so confused on the different posts and which ones are the up to date ones. So in Florida, Vero Beach, do I need a license to ride my gas -powered bike to work? What lanes do I use and how do I keep from being pulled over? I’m tired of reading posts that jump all around. I want a simple answer with directions on how not to get stopped by the police. I’ve also printed out a paper from geo that says if you get pulled over to show them this paper. But I’m still skeptical due to my issues with probation and deff. Can’t afford to lose my life over being a modeled citizen going to work trying to make a honest living. So it all comes down to can I operated my gas-powered bicycle with no license? Can I drive on the roads? Can I use the bike lane or sidewalk? And what can I do to not get pulled over? Don’t send me a link, I want it all in full answer please.
I don’t know what paper you have from Geo that you think might help your cause. We have always said gas-powered bicycles are not legal vehicles.
Unless you modify your bicycle to meet the requirements of a moped, you cannot legally use the gas-assist powered bicycle on any sidewalk, bike path or the roadway, including the bike lane, which is part of the roadway. It may only be used on private property.
If you modify your vehicle and register it as a moped, you will need a driver’s license. You can then use it in the roadway.
The only recourse you have with your present vehicle is to completely remove the gas motor or disconnect it so that it is completely inoperable. In other words, ride your bicycle under entirely human power. Then you won’t need a license and can legally use sidewalks (Unless a local ordinance prohibits sidewalk cycling), bike paths or the roadway.
Another solution may be to obtain an eBike that meets the statutory definition of bicycle, which may be used as the human powered bicycle above.
If you continue to operate your gas-powered bicycle, you are risking a citation for operating an unregistered vehicle, which may compound your problem.
The details are in numerous posts on this site. I realize there are many posts about this subject and some are confusing. We are updating the posts to remove outdated and duplicate information. However, our position has been consistent – gas-assist motors on bicycles render them illegal vehicles.