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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.

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