Understanding the difference between electric motorcycles and electric bicycles

Posted on March 19, 2024

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Recently, there have been instances of minors illegally riding electric motorcycles, distinct from electric bicycles permitted for those under 16. Unlike electric bicycles, electric motorcycles resemble conventional street or off-road bikes but are powered by electric motors. Identifiable by foot pegs rather than operational pedals, examples of these motorcycles abound. To adhere to legal standards in Fairfax, they must be “street legal” with registration, state-issued plates, required lighting, and other criteria.

Moreover, riders must be at least 16 years old, possess a valid California driver’s license with specific endorsements, wear certified helmets, and provide proof of insurance. Notably, electric motorcycles are prohibited from certain areas like bicycle lanes and parks, with law enforcement agencies actively addressing safety concerns through education, warnings, citations, and impoundment.

This message urges parents to refrain from purchasing or permitting illegal use of electric motorcycles by minors, ensuring community safety.

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