Motorized Bicycles

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Definition:

316.003(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 a 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.

  • Bicycles equipped with a small electric helper motor may be defined as a bicycle and not require registration or a driver’s license.
  • Bicycles equipped with gas helper motors are not legal vehicles and cannot be registered or driven on highways in Florida.
  • This section also includes information about mopeds and motorcycles since some of the information overlaps with bicycle information.
Category: Motorized Bicycles

ebikes

Definition:

316.003(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 a 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.

  • Bicycles equipped with a small electric helper motor may be defined as a bicycle and not require registration or a driver’s license.
  • Bicycles equipped with gas helper motors are not legal vehicles and cannot be registered or driven on highways in Florida.
  • This section also includes information about mopeds and motorcycles since some of the information overlaps with bicycle information.

E-Bikes on Trails

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E-Bikes legal?

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Electric Trike

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Motorized Scooter

Question Lauren asked: I’ve been doing a lot of research on this topic. I recently rode a Lyft scooter in San Antonio and it would save me so much money and time and as a future law school student I

Scooter in the Road

Question Quinton asked:  I have a hover 1 scooter electric that has 3 speeds 1 7: mph I think 2 10: mph and 3 15: mph.  I had a cop pull me over for driving it on the sidewalk and

Motorized Scooter in a Bike Lane

Question John asked: I have an electric motorized scooter. It has no seat or paddles. Its maximum speed is 18.6 mph. Does it require a driver’s license? I know I’m not allowed to ride it on the road or sidewalk

Motorized Scooters

Question Christian asked: Apologies as I have read a few different articles and laws online but I’m still confused. I will be living in Clermont beginning in April and trying to determine if the scooter I’m looking at will be

Motor Scooter

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Motorized Scooter

Question Elizabeth asked:  48 volt/700 watt e-scoot?  Does a person need a license or license plate for this type of machine? The dealer clams neither is required, no pedals, 20MPH on flat surface. Thank you for any help. This is

Quadricycle and Rights and Duties

Question Steve asked: Do y’all think it would be a good idea to have the law changed to specifically define quadricycles as bicycles so that they can be legally ridden like any other bicycle?