Electric bikes are the wave of the future. Sometimes, they’re referred to as an “e-bike” or a booster bike, and utilize an electric motor to propel the bike along the path or trail, rather than manual powered pedals that are found on most other types of bikes.
When it comes to the sizes and styles of electric bikes, there really is no spectrum you can follow. Manufacturers are attaching electric motors to most types of bikes, from cruisers, to mountain bikes, hybrids, and everything in between.
Some of the newer electric bikes coming out are being styled like mopeds from the 1960’s and 1970’s for an added kick of nostalgia. This styling is becoming incredibly popular, however, it is beginning to grey the lines between whether the bike is legal or illegal.
Depending on the laws in your state, county, and city, some electric bikes will be classified as a bicycle and can be ridden on public roads and sidewalks without requiring any additional licensing.
However, in some municipalities, the bikes have been deemed an electric motorbike, and special licensing is required to operate them without incurring fines and penalties. You will need to check with your local municipality before you attempt to ride an e-bike on the streets.