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Electric Bikes in PA Need Your Help!
Jul 10, 2010
Electric bikes in Pennsylvania are being treated unfairly and they need your help! Currently PA law classifies electric bikes as a moped which makes it more of a hassle to own.
Gary DiVincenzo president of Hybrid Cycles from Chester Springs, PA sent me this letter that I want to share with you.
“Pennsylvania’s electric bicycle law stifles a promising industry and inhibits our citizens from enjoying the benefits of this new technology applied to one of the oldest and most basic forms of transportation ever invented. The e-bike industry is destine to play an important role in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, lowering carbon emissions and urban congestion. They are a perfect form of transportation for the 40% of automobile trips in America that are under five miles.
Pennsylvania law classifies e-bikes as “Mopeds” and requires them to be registered, insured and the operator to have a class “c” driver’s license. We are one of only five states restricting the use of electric bikes in this manner. The Federal Government, under HR727, classifies them as bicycles.
Electric bicycles are a bicycle in every respect as a conventional bike. They are quiet, don’t go any faster and although they may weigh slightly more than today’s modern bikes they are still within the weight range of conventional bikes.
The electric bicycle industry is growing rapidly around the world and in some countries exceeds the sales of conventional bikes. They are a remarkable form of pollution-free transportation that opens the door for many people who can’t or wouldn’t ordinarily ride a bike.
E-bike commuters aren’t all sweaty when they arrive at work and more importantly they save on gas, parking and reduce congestion. E-Bikes cost about eight cents per mile to operate.
Many people with health issues preventing them from riding a regular bike now have an option with an electric bike. E-bikes can potentially reduce obesity and lower many of the health risks that plague our society. Especially in Pennsylvania where the hills are just too challenging for the average bike rider.
We can dispel the myth that you don’t get exercise on an electric bike. You have to pedal. The motor just gives you a boost when you need it and the rider is in control of how much boost. So like any exercise machine, you can control how much effort you want to exert based on your endurance level.
Please share this with your local representative and request that they sponsor legislation that will regulate electric bicycles as ordinary bicycles.”
Gary makes some great points about the benefits of electric bikes and also makes a good case for why they should not be classified as mopeds.
Please let the Governor and local Representatives of Pennsylvania know that we don’t want electric bikes classified as mopeds. Below are links to them: