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Electric bikes in Wellsville? Are they legal ?

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Michael T. Baldwin reports, photo from Alfred State College

“We haven’t had a ton of complaints of bicycles with electric assist,” according to Wellsville Police Chief Tim O’Grady. However, there have been a few “near misses.” According to the DMV: Bicycle with electric assist. A bicycle which is no more than thirty-six inches wide and has an electric motor of less than seven hundred fifty watts, equipped with operable pedals, meeting the equipment and manufacturing requirements for bicycles adopted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission under 16 C.F.R. Part 1512.1 et seq. and meeting the requirements of one of the following three classes:

(a) “Class one bicycle with electric assist.” A bicycle with electric assist having an electric motor that provides assistance only when the person operating such bicycle is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when such bicycle reaches a speed of twenty miles per hour.

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

(c) “Class three bicycle with electric assist.” Solely within a city having a population of one million or more, a bicycle with electric assist having an electric motor that may be used exclusively to propel such bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when such bicycle reaches a speed of twenty-five miles per hour.

O’Grady notes there are equal problems with routine bike riders. Electric scooters need to be aware as well…and those bikes with combustible engines…yeah, they’re illegal.  

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