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.

Handicap Mobility Scooter

Question Dennis asked: Can you drive a handicap mobility scooter on Florida roads and highways, or a golf course community road. Can you drive a handicap mobility scooter at night? 

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Height of eBike

Question Dorothy asked: Is there a height restriction on the use of the electric bike?

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eBike

Question Dean asked: Is an e bike with the following specs legal in the state of Florida: 500 w motor, fully operational pedals – bike can be manually operated, no pedal assist, Class 2 throttle, top speed 20 mph. The

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Motorized Vehicles on Bike Paths

Question Joe asked: I have been doing some reading and it appears that gasoline assisted bicycles are not legally permitted to operate on a road, where as electrically propelled bikes (under 20mph) are. What about bike paths where not specifically

Posted in Ask Geo, Motorized Bicycles, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Electric Scooters

Question John asked: Are electric scooters allowed to drive on the sidewalk while going over a bridge?

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Recumbent Seat Height

Question Dan asked: How and where is seat measured to, on electric assisted bicycles? And what adjustments are acceptable?  While the seat post of the saddle on my 2-wheeled semi-recumbent, barely reaches a somewhat acceptable height, it requires tools to

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Motorized Recumbent

Question John asked: The law says that an electric bike “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”

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Scooters

Question Arianne asked: If people can’t ride an electric scooter that is only 10 mph on a side walk but can’t ride it on side of road either then how is it allowed that they can even be sold? Some

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Local Ordinance and eBikes

Question Mike asked: Can a local government outlaw or regulate use of e-bikes even though the e-bike meets the statutory definition of an e-bike?

Posted in Ask Geo, Motorized Bicycles, Rights & Duties

Motor Scooter

Question Steve asked: I have an electric scooter (“PhatScooters.com“) – speed is less than 20mph. It has no pedals, but FL law says “human power and an electric helper motor”. This is a traditional scooter so no pedals but could

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