Age to Operate a Motorized Bicycle
Evan asked: There is a moped that is legally classified as an electric bicycle because it has pedals and runs on electricity.
I am a minor and am wondering if I can drive it under the age of 16 in a bike lane? (Not on a highway, of course)
No one under 16 years of age can legally operate a motorized bicycle.
s. 316.003 – Definitions
(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.
Also, you should be aware that the vehicle in question may not be a motorized bicycle, depending on the power of the motor. It could be a moped, which requires registration and a driver’s license. See the definition above and this post.
Also, the word “highway” has a statutory definition that includes a bike lane, which is part of the roadway, the sidewalk and the rest of the area to the property boundary.
(53) Street or Highway
(a) The entire width between the boundary lines of every way or place of whatever nature when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular traffic ….