Motorized Bicycle Laws: United States

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Anton

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I am still seeing this entry though from 2016, a year before the 2017 legislation revision...I think im missing something here...lol...im looking for the "boxes" section that you checked off "no"...Am i looking in the wrong spot, cant seem to find it...lol...DAMIEN
Ah I see, I've updated the resource now! Thanks for that. It's hard to keep everything up to date when there are so many different laws and they are always changing. That's one of the reasons I tried out this WikiPost plugin, so that anyone can update their states laws whenever they notice something is not right!
 

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How are the laws down under? Are they getting friendlier? With he green movement you'd think motoredbikes would be encouraged. What harm can a 30mph bicycle do as to needing a DL, reg, ins?
 

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Oregon's laws seem to be more focused on motorized scooters, the biggie is operation of a moped or scoorter on a bike path marked "no motorized vehicles" with the exception that if the scooter or bicyle is being walked or pedaled then it's OK. Operation of a MB on roads is covered by a mix of the motorized foot scooter law. 34cc's max and 24 mph top speed. and the Oregon bicycle rider's handbook with heavier focus from LEO's on how much of a hooligan you're being on the road. Short version. Don't be a jerk, yield to pedestrians, obey road signs, use hand signals, operating muffler, protection and helmets.

 

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How are the laws down under? Are they getting friendlier? With he green movement you'd think motoredbikes would be encouraged. What harm can a 30mph bicycle do as to needing a DL, reg, ins?
It varies from state to state in Australia. Generally it's 200Watts max for gas powered motorized bikes, but in some states they're illegal. Ebikes however, are allowed 250Watts max!
 

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The wiki tools are not working for editing, Here's a snippet of the .pdf from the Oregon ODOT vehicle handbook:

Oregon Moped, Motorized-scooter, Pocketbikes

These rules were researched by Gone Fishin' back in 2013 here in Oregon, and are more applicable. Frankly, IMO we should just adopt California's rules they have a better handle on the technology.

DESCRIPTION :
MIN. AGE 16
LICENSE: NO, REGISTRATION: NO, INSURANCE: NO, HELMET:YES, PASSENGER: NO, LIGHTS: YES; (PROVISIONAL WITH WEATHER CONDITIONS, SEE BELOW.)
MAX CAPABLE SPEED: 24 MPH, MAX ALLOWED SPEED:15 MPH
RIDE ON SIDEWALK: NO, RIDE ON BIKE PATH/LANE: YES, PROVISIONAL PEDAL ONLY IF EQUIPPED, WHEN MARKED "NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES"
RIDE IN CROSSWALK: NO
POSSIBLE DUII: YES

Gas – Maximum displacement = 35cc
Electric – Maximum output = 1000 watts
Approved lighting must be used when operating under limited visibility.
Not capable of going faster than 24 mph on level ground. Use may be restricted by local jurisdictions.
 

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The wiki tools are not working for editing, Here's a snippet of the .pdf from the Oregon ODOT vehicle handbook:

Oregon Moped, Motorized-scooter, Pocketbikes

These rules were researched by Gone Fishin' back in 2013 here in Oregon, and are more applicable. Frankly, IMO we should just adopt California's rules they have a better handle on the technology.

DESCRIPTION :
MIN. AGE 16
LICENSE: NO, REGISTRATION: NO, INSURANCE: NO, HELMET:YES, PASSENGER: NO, LIGHTS: YES; (PROVISIONAL WITH WEATHER CONDITIONS, SEE BELOW.)
MAX CAPABLE SPEED: 24 MPH, MAX ALLOWED SPEED:15 MPH
RIDE ON SIDEWALK: NO, RIDE ON BIKE PATH/LANE: YES, PROVISIONAL PEDAL ONLY IF EQUIPPED, WHEN MARKED "NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES"
RIDE IN CROSSWALK: NO
POSSIBLE DUII: YES

Gas – Maximum displacement = 35cc
Electric – Maximum output = 1000 watts
Approved lighting must be used when operating under limited visibility.
Not capable of going faster than 24 mph on level ground. Use may be restricted by local jurisdictions.
Thanks Lewie, I've added Oregon. Please check over it to make sure I've added everything correctly.
 

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Thanks Lewie, I've added Oregon. Please check over it to make sure I've added everything correctly.
Thanks Anton, One thing is the power = 35cc. It's quaint that our state thinks a 35 cc engine will have less power than a 48cc HT engine. I believe the HT are close to about 1.6 h.p. or so. Mine climbs the hill out of Winchester Bay at about 17 mph, the 30cc McCollough weedie friction drive does the same hill at about 15 mph, and I think the friction wheel is slipping a small amount.
 
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