Trenton – Legislation sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein and Senator Shirley Turner permitting the operation of low-speed electric bicycles on New Jersey roads was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.
“E-Bikes continue to grow in popularity around the country with many electing this green means of transportation as an alternative to getting behind the wheel,” said Senator Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “They are easy to operate, affordable and allow riders greater mobility. They are environmentally responsible and alleviate roadway congestion. This law reinforces New Jerseys’ continued commitment to a healthy environment.”
The law will allow low-speed electric bicycles to be operated on the streets, highways, sidewalks and bicycle paths. An operator of a low-speed electric bicycle is not required to register the bicycle, furnish proof of insurance, or have a driver’s license.
“This will help to bring transportation in New Jersey into the 21st Century. Especially in our urban centers, electric bikes and scooters can offer a means of transportation that is much more affordable than a car,” said Senator Turner (D-Hunterdon/Mercer). “Additionally e-bikes and e-scooters align with our efforts to become a more sustainable and environmentally conscious state.”
The law defines a low-speed electric bicycle as a two or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts, whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by a motor while operated by a person weighing 170 pounds, is less than 20 miles per hour.