US Congress Passes HR 727 Regulating Electric Bikes

US Congress Passes HR 727 Regulating Electric Bikes

Published: 06-Mar-2001

WASHINGTON, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Electric bicycles received a vote of approval today at approximately 6:45 p.m. EST from the U.S. House of Representatives.

H.R. 727, sponsored by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Florida), passed the House by a vote of 401-to-1, supporting the regulation of electric bicycles by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the same agency that regulates traditional bicycles. The issue now goes to the Senate for final consideration. Passage of the bill would create a federal definition for electric bicycles to assist many states that have either adopted conflicting standards or have no regulations at all for electric bicycles.

"This is a bipartisan bill and I support its passage," said Representative Stearns. "This is a common sense approach."

"Electric bicycles generate no pollution and are virtually silent," said Lois Capps (D-California). "Passage of this bill should encourage more of our citizens to use these innovative vehicles."

Electric bicycles have small electric motors that assist pedaling by the rider. A human-electric hybrid vehicle, electric bicycles are one of the most efficient forms of automated transportation. The bicycles travel speeds of up to 20 MPH for a range of 10 to 20 miles, depending on the user and riding conditions. Proponents say electric bikes offer an alternative form of transportation to many citizens who are older or of limited physical ability. Commuters can use electric bicycles as an alternative to conventional gas vehicles, especially for short trips.

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