e-Bikes are legal and approved for use on Shared Use Paths

Date: August 29, 2016

Are e-Bikes legal in Pennsylvania? The short answer is yes, Electric Assist Bicycles (e-Bikes) are legal and welcome in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On May 23, 2016, the COG General Forum voted to amend the plan to allow e-Bikes to operate on all of the Region’s Shared Use Paths. By reducing barriers to bicycling, e-Bikes can encourage people to take bike trips and to ride longer than on regular bikes. Because they’re easier to ride, they’re ideal for older adults and people with physical limitations. However, they cannot be operated by persons under 16 years of age. To operate on public roadways in Pennsylvania, an e-Bike must meet criteria adopted in PA Act 154 of 2014.  Learn more at www.crcog.net/bikes

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