Why are electric bikes not allowed?

North Point Trail @ Virginia Key is a non-motorized trail.

E-bikes are motorised vehicles and, as such, are not allowed on non-motorized trail.

 

Rules: Motorized vehicles (except electric handicap wheelchairs, electric adaptive bicycles for special needs, maintenance, law enforcement and emergency vehicles) are prohibited.

Florida Bicycle Law

 

There are many classes of E-bikes and these bikes are computer operated which means they can and will be modified to go faster. 

Classes of Electric Bikes:

Class 1: Pedal Assist

Class 2: Throttle On Demand

Class 3: Speed Pedelec

Class 4: Moped or Motorcycle

 

Many Electric Bike owners are fed up with the power cutting off when they reach the 15 mph (25 km/h) or 20 mph speed limit. Here you can find extensively tested Tuning Tools  that take away the speed cut off restriction and allow you to reach much higher speeds on all major brand of drives.

https://www.ebiketuning.com/

https://www.derestricted-ebike.com/

https://www.badassebikes.com/

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=e+bike+tuning&ul_noapp=true

 

Why not swap out the motor for a more powerful one?

BOSCH EBike Performance Motor 28 MPH $959.00 – https://www.motostrano.com/BOSCH-EBike-Performance-Motor-28-MPH-p/1.212.007.31.htm

 

Who is going to police what is not allowed?

Yeah not going to happen.

 

 

So if you think cost of  E-Bike will make it out of reach for most consumers you’re wrong, here you can find inexpensive mid drive motors that fit standard bottom brackets. 1000Watt @ 40mph!!!

https://electricbikereview.com/category/e-rad/

The e-RAD BBS HD-1000 Mid Drive Electric Bike Conversion Kit is one of the most powerful electric bike motors available, ideal for heavy duty cargo hauling, blurs the line on legality shipping with 20 mph top speed limit but unlockable to ~40 mph for off-road use. Offers physical shift detection compatible with cassettes, internally geared hubs and CVT systems like NuVinci, this reduces drivetrain wear on the chain, sprockets and derailleur significantly. Three battery size options (all run at 48 volts) with premium Samsung, Panasonic or Sanyo Lithium-ion cells, solid one year comprehensive warranty on all parts. Choose from trigger throttle or twist throttle (for left or right bar), you can wire in lights, the system lets you override pedal assist with the throttle and the display looks great but doesn’t swivel and isn’t removable, as with most aftermarket kits the wires use zip ties to attach and may add clutter to the frame.

 

Here you can see the progression of watts and torque over years. – https://electricbikereview.com/…/ebike-mid-drive-motor-com…/

 

Just imagine this guy riding up behind you and your family. Not Safe.

Florida Bicycle Law

The 2017 Florida Statutes

Title XXIII
MOTOR VEHICLES
Chapter 316
STATE UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL

316.003 – Definitions-

(3) Bicycle –Every vehicle propelled solely by human power, and every motorized bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on level ground upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels. The term does not include such a vehicle with a seat height of no more than 25 inches from the ground when the seat is adjusted to its highest position or a scooter or similar device. No person under the age of 16 may operate or ride upon a motorized bicycle.

 

Local authority may enact regulations or ordinances that affect bicycles, including motorized bicycles, in their jurisdiction.

316.008 – Powers of Local Authorities-

(1) The provisions of this chapter shall not be deemed to prevent local authorities, with respect to streets and highways under their jurisdiction and within the reasonable exercise of the police power, from:

(h) Regulating the operation of bicycles.

 

This is what the bike industry thinks of our local laws.

 

List of E-Bikes that go faster than 20 MPH out of the box, you can purchase today.

40MPH out of the box – https://flx.bike/

28 mph Bosch motor will be ripping up trails like a dream – https://www.walmart.com/ip/Grace-MX-II-Trail-Bosch-Electric-Mountain-Bike-26-inch-wheels-20-inch-frame/895107699

Bosch Performance 45 km/h Generation II motor – 4 settings- 28 mph Bosch motor- https://www.bikemania.biz/grace-mx-ii-trail-bosch-electric-speed-mtb-28-mph.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&adpos=1o1&scid=scplpCFC-MXIITrail&sc_intid=CFC-MXIITrail