Im 16 years old i live in connecticut i do not have a drivers lisense yet is it legal for me to drive these on the street ive been riding all around i havent ran into a cop yet so im wondering if its legal before i go on any longer trips...
"(b) No person shall ride a bicycle with a helper motor unless that person holds a valid motor vehicle operator's license. No person shall operate a bicycle with a helper motor at a rate of speed exceeding thirty miles per hour; nor shall any bicycle with a helper motor be operated on any sidewalk, limited access highway or turnpike."
So, you need a liscense, keep it under 30, and no highways. Sounds pretty nice to me.
I personally think it's fine to ride on longer trips, I doubt any cops would really care unless there's a lot of bikes in your area. Mopeds don't attract a lot of attention unless there's a lot of them (like in Tucson ... but on the side of town I live on I've never had any trouble).
thanks for the information.. ive been ridding around my neighborhood. i road by one cop but he only looked at me and didnt say anything.. i should be getting my lisence in about 4 months or so, so ill be riding all around town when i get it. I think im the only one in my town with a motorized bicycle ha.
erikvilla - more power to you, man. I say just keep riding around nonchalantly and obeying all the rules of the road. And, in the case that you DO get stopped, play it cool and let the cop know you're getting your license soon. As many of you already know, it's all about first impressions when dealing with most officers; they will most often go easy on you if you're respectful and level-headed. This is especially true if all you've done is a moving violation or an infraction.
i live in madison connecticut and i would like to know the state laws on motoredbikes because my town cops are strict about everything because they have nothing else to do and theyll try their hardest to put anyone in jail. so ive heard that 48,49, and 50cc motorbikes were only legal but i have an 80cc. so could someone please leave a response on this because i dont feel like having my bike taken away or me getting thrown in jail. thank you.
act educated, because the cops aren't when it comes to (this is important, proper legal terminology) "motor assisted bicycle" laws. as in "officer, i've researched all the CT laws i could find on "bicycles with helper motors" and i feel i'm within the law here."
plead "not guilty", unless you are (don't be blasting stop signs and expect to be treated nicely), & appeal all the way up the ladder until a judge laughs and tosses the case.
Make it a habit to be rotating your pedals often. And..If you see of feel something may not be in your favor. Hit the kill switch and keep pedaling. Then..What can they do? It is a bicycle then....Enjoy the ride...
yeah, that's true. a possible negative effect of going and asking, is that now you're drawing attention to yourself. even in Tucson, where these are 100% legal, cops still feel compelled to harass. There's a few 'stormtrooper' ones that take extreme joy in this.
in my most humble opinion, i'd just keep off their radar as much as possible by keeping speeds down and killing the motor and pedaling when they're near.
agreed...mind your manners & act like you already know it's all good
btw-i've learned that the biggest hassle (re: 2-wheelers) for law enforcement is safety...if you wear a dot helmet, stay lit for safety, & use hand signals, you're just not big enuff game for them to bother with. of course, every area has at least one bully jackbooter, so you'll learn to quickly "kill and pedal" in those situations.
o.k. i guess i wont talk to the town about it. i think ill just keep the speed down while on roads and take it easy and follow laws. i will have turn signal lights on my bike so i wont have to worry about that. ill just keep it cool around the cops. in case this becomes a big deal for the cops, i have some cop "friends" that can back me up; so i shouldnt worry so much.