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

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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.

Motorized Three-wheel Vehicles

Question Werner asked: Please watch our video and advise us if we can ride this on public road? Sidewalks? Bike paths? We also have a electric pedelc = pedal assist motor (you still need to pedal the bike). We can

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Motorized Bikes on Sidewalks and Bike Paths

Question Harry B asked: Four years ago I realized that powerful interests were determined to turn non-motorized facilities such as shared-use paths (rail-trails, multi-use paths, etc.) and even sidewalks into public ways where people could ride motorized bicycles at high

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Why Not Gas Assist Motors?

Question Jon asked: Wondering why, according to statute definition, a human pedaled bike with an electric assist motor is still a bike but a bike that is human pedaled with a gas assist motor is no longer a bike but

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Recumbent with Motor

Question Bert asked: I am unclear as to the exclusion clause in FL 316.003 I am planning on electrifying my recumbent trike (with a seat about 10 inches off the ground and a speed of less than 20 mph.) “The

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eBike Driver’s License

Question Scot asked: I’m confused regarding the 25″ seat height for an electric bike in 316.003. Also, throttle and pedal assist. The Pedego Interceptor electric bicycle specifically . I have a suspended driver license and want to know if this

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Motor for a Four-Wheeled Rhoades Car

Question Dave asked: I want to buy a 4 wheel pedal powered ( bike for 2 ) factory built vehicle which is like  two bikes hitched together, for two people. It does not quite fit the definitions that I have

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Age to Operate a Motorized Bicycle

Question 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

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Motorized Bike Driver’s License?

Question Jeffery asked: I do not have a driver’s license and I wanted to buy a motorized bicycle and ride it to and from work. Can I do this legally?

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Citation for Motorized Bicycle Again

Question Answer: I own a geo zetta. An electric scooter that has pedals , is under 750 watts , tops out at 19.8 mph. It has headlights blinkers etc. It looks like a regular moped though. My license is suspended.

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eBikes

Question Angela asked: What type of motorized thing does not require a license?

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