PHOTO CAPTION: Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania Bill Moves Step Closer to Legalizing Electric-Assist Bicycles

edal-assist electric bicycles under Smith’s bill are defined as bicycles equipped with operable pedals, an electric motor 750 watts (1 horsepower) or less, weighing 100 pounds or less, and capable of a maximum speed of not more than 20 mph.

Published: 08-Feb-2014

The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved state Sen. Matt Smith’s (D-Allegheny/Washington) legislation legalizing pedal-assist electric bicycles.

Senate Bill 997 would legalize pedal-assist electric bicycles, which are primarily operated by pedals, but allow for an electric motor to assist the rider, within the state vehicle code.

Smith points to the economic benefits of SB 997.


Polarius-branded electric-assist bicycle.

ding! Bikes using Downtown Winter Park Farmer's Market to demostrate brands of electric-assist bicycles to local residents.

Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California is site for inaugural Electric Bike Media event on February 13, 2013.

Inaugural event will introduce media attendees to electric bicycles in America, and features Bikes Belong VP Bruno Maier and EV World's Bill Moore.

Koga Sparta electric-assist bicycle

Accell Group, the Dutch company which owns brands such as Koga, Lapierre and Ghost reported a 23 per cent increase in electric-assist bicycle sales year-on-year.


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