B.I.K.E.S. Club of
Snohomish County
E-Bikes:

Human-only powered bicycles have grown in popularity and have evolved through a variety of configurations since the mid-1800s.  The e-bike is a relatively new variation that is a rapidly growing segment of the bicycling community.  E-bikes provide an electro-mechanical assistance to the human power on a bicycle. 

What is generally referred to as an “e-bike” is defined in Washington state (refer to RCW 46.04.169) as an electric-assisted bicycle with 2 or 3 wheels, a saddle, fully operative pedals for human propulsion, and an electric motor providing power output of no more than 750 watts.  There are 3 classifications of e-bikes:

  • Class 1 e-bikes:
    • The motor provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling.
    • The motor ceases to provide assistance at 20 MPH. 
    • May be referred to as “pedal-assist up to 20 MPH”.
  • Class 2 e-bikes:
    • The motor may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle.
    • The motor ceases to provide propulsion at 20 MPH. 
    • Pedaling for propulsion is optional.
    • A throttle is a common term used to describe the feature used to control power in motor vehicles.  May be referred to as “throttle-controlled”.
  • Class 3 e-bikes:
    • The motor provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling.
    • The motor ceases to provide assistance at 28 MPH.
    • A speedometer is included. 
    • May be referred to as “pedal-assist up to 28 MPH”.


BIKES Club allows e-bikes as follows:

  • Class 1 and Class 3 e-bikes are allowed on BIKES Club rides and events due to insurance limitations.
  • Class 2 e-bikes are not allowed on BIKES Club rides or events. 
  • Throttle controlled e-bikes, and any configurations where the motor is used for propulsion without pedaling, are not allowed on any BIKES Club rides or events.
  • E-bike riders are responsible to know where their e-bike may be legally ridden which may conflict with the planned route.

     

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