Federal law prohibiting classifying e bikes of 750w and below as motor vehicles


New member
Feb 28, 2022
I have been sharing this link for anyone that will read it. It's a federal law concerning e bikes in which the Congress says an e bike of 750w or less is not to be classified as a motor vehicle. Some will say that this has to do only with importation of e bikes but it's implication could be that in all circumstances it shouldn't be classified as a motor vehicle. I sent a copy to the local NFS and to National NFS encouraging them to use the law to declassify e bikes of 750W as motorized or motor vehicles. I haven't received a response. Hopefully they are mulling it over. More than likely they are ignoring it. But I think folks that want to see e bikes on bicycle trails should use the law as justification. If it can be argued that Congress has already spoken about the issue then NFS is ignoring what Congress has established as law. https://www.congress.gov/.../107th.../house-bill/727/text...


Active member
Mar 21, 2022
Ebikes and more specifically Class-1 ebikes were defined in 2002 by the CPSA and as long as an ebike conforms to that definition they are not considered a motor vehicle, they are considered a bicycle with all rights and privileges afforded to bicycles. I ride mine all over Mt. Rainier National Park simply by disconnecting the throttle. As far as Congress having already made a decision you have but to remember Roe vs Wade. The more morons riding little electric motorcycles or morons that don't even know what an ebike is... the more changes will become necessary. Stay safe.
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