Electric Bikes can be used on the American River Bike Trail

California Assembly Bill 1096 became state law on January 1, 2016 and clarifies the legal questions regarding the use of electric bikes in California.

1. Defines what an “Electric Bike” is and clarifies that an e-bike is not a Motor Vehicle, Moped or Motorized Bicycle. An “electric bicycle” is a bicycle equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts.

2. Established three “Classes” of e-bikes, and where those types are allowed to be used.

The following table provides further information regarding the California Electric Bike Law referenced above:

Manufacturers and distributors are required to apply a permanent label in a prominent location to each electric bicycle that specifies which Class Number, Top Assisted Speed and the Motor Wattage.

Note: There are many online article related to California Electric Bicycle Assembly Bill #1096 on the Internet.   We encourage anyone that is interested in learning more about the details of this legislation to conduct an online search using his or her favorite search engine. 

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One Response to Electric Bikes can be used on the American River Bike Trail

  1. Martin Cline says:

    Why are the road bikers soo rude. Took my legal e-bike on the trail only to be heckled “no motors” by some passing road biker. I bought an e-bike due to health conditions, bone spurs on knee and recent spinal cord surgery. So I need the pedal assist. Yea, some day these road bikers will get old too. What gives these guys the self-proclaimed power to tell other people how to use the bike trail.

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