Electric bikes in Wellsville? Are they legal?

Reports by Michael T. Baldwin, photo by Alfred State College

“We haven’t had a ton of complaints about e-bikes,” according to Wellsville Police Chief Tim O’Grady. However, there were a few “near misses”. According to the DMV: Electrically assisted bicycle. A bicycle with a maximum width of thirty-six inches and having an electric motor of less than seven hundred and fifty watts, equipped with operable pedals, meeting the equipment and workmanship requirements for bicycles adopted by Consumer Product Safety Commission under 16 CFR Part 1512.1 et seq. and meeting the requirements of one of the following three classes:

(a) “First class bicycle with electric assistance.” A power-assisted bicycle having an electric motor which provides assistance only when the person riding the bicycle is pedaling, and which ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of twenty miles per hour.

(b) “Class two bicycle with electric assistance.” A power-assisted bicycle having an electric motor which can be used exclusively to propel such a bicycle, and which is not capable of providing assistance when such bicycle reaches a speed of twenty miles per hour.

(c) “Class three bicycle with electric assistance.” Solely within a city of one million or more inhabitants, a power-assisted bicycle fitted with an electric motor which can be used exclusively to propel such a bicycle, and which is not capable of supplying assistance when this bicycle reaches a speed of twenty-five miles per hour.

O’Grady notes that there are the same issues with routine cyclists. Electric scooters should also be aware… and those bikes with fuel engines… yes, they are illegal.

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