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Santa Barbara - (805) 963-8885
Corona Del Mar - (949) 673-0696
Santa Monica - (424) 744-8676
Malibu - (310) 317-0770

CA Bill AB-1096 for Electric Bicycle Regulations 

A bill in California (drafted during 2015) has PASSED specifying three classes of electric bikes. This bill is meant to guide how and where people can use low speed electric bikes and enable some classes to be usable on mountain bike trails in a way that is not disruptive to existing human powered bicycles and pedestrian hikers.

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Electric Bicycle Classes

Class 1

A “class 1 electric bicycle,” or “low-speed pedal-assisted electric bicycle,” is a bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

Class 2

A “class 2 electric bicycle,” or “low-speed throttle-assisted electric bicycle,” is a bicycle equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

Class 3

A “class 3 electric bicycle,” or “speed pedal-assisted electric bicycle,” is a bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 miles per hour, and equipped with a speedometer.

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