Electric Bike Laws

Florida Department Of Transportation
Operating in traffic is a cooperative activity, conducted according to rules.  Following the rules and applying the skills needed to observe them promotes safe and efficient travel. Drivers who see and can predict each other’s actions are less likely to conflict with each other.  The Florida Uniform Traffic Control Law (Chapter 316, Florida Statutes; clicking on this link will open another instance of the web browser) governs the operation of all vehicles operated on public roads in Florida.  For the actual wording of the sections cited below, the text of the Uniform Traffic Control Law should be consulted.

Legal status of bicycles
(Sections 316.003(2), (10) and 316.2065(1), F.S.)

A bicycle is classified as a vehicle.  A person in control of a vehicle on a street or highway is a driver.  As a driver, a cyclist must follow the traffic rules common to all drivers.  As the driver of a bicycle, he must also obey regulations adopted specially for bicycles.  A person riding a bicycle has all the rights applicable to any driver, except as to special regulations for bicycles.

Definition of “Bicycle”
(Section 316.003(2), F.S.)

arrow   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 a similar device.  No person under the age of 16 may operate or ride upon a motorized bicycle.

Comment: A motorized bicycle that satisfies this definition is nevertheless subject to restrictions on sidewalks (see “Sidewalk riding” below).

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