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Greenstein, Turner Bill to Permit Operation of Low-Speed Electric Bicycles Advances

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senate Law and Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Linda R. Greenstein and Senator Shirley K. Turner that would permit the operation of low-speed electric bicycles was passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee today.

“Low-speed electric bicycles are a boon for individuals who want to experience the green-friendly benefits of cycling, but may not be able to physically pedal a traditional bicycle,” said Senator Greenstein (D-Middlesex/ Mercer).  “It also makes it easier for individuals who want to commute by bike to do so without a change of clothes when they arrive at work or ease the strain for delivery people who can spend hours every day on a bicycle.”

“We should be encouraging people to get out of their cars and use other modes of transportation,” said Senator Turner (D-Hunterdon/Mercer). ‘Low-speed electric bicycles are growing in popularity because they appeal to a wide range of users – from the commuter who uses it to get to work to individuals who want to enjoy the sensation of being on a bike but may no longer be able to physically pedal a bike.”

The bill, S-731, would permit the operation of low-speed electric bicycles on streets, highways, sidewalks and bicycle paths. A low-speed electric bicycle would be defined as a two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts, whose maximum speed would be less than 20 miles per hour.

The bill was passed out of committee by a vote of 4-0-1, and advances to the full Senate for further consideration.