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Press Release: Sen. Nelson’s E-Bike Legislation Passes on the Senate Floor

Sen. Nelson’s E-Bike Legislation Passes on the Senate Floor

For Immediate Release, March 4, 2019--------------------------------------------------------------

On Monday, E-Bike legislation sponsored by Senator David Nelson passed on the Senate floor with a unanimous vote. The legislation now heads to the Governor to be signed into law. The legislation clarifies Idaho code with regard to a new category of bicycles; the “e-bike.” These bicycles use a small electric motor to give a boost to the rider when extra speed is desirable. Sen. Nelson expressed the importance of the legislation.

“Current law does not correctly address the technological advances of e-bikes.” He said. “As we continue to innovate, Idaho must update its laws to accurately address changes in technology. Transportation is one of those places where we are quickly innovating and need to make sure we have the tools to handle that.”

The bill incorporates three basic categories of e-bikes into the definition of an e-bike, agreed upon by bicycle manufacturers. This will help cities, counties, and the state to better regulate their use. However, Sen. Nelson made is clear that this is not a preemption bill.

“Under this legislation, local control will remain in place.” He said. “We are providing clarity for cities and counties to make their own regulations for e-bikes. I sponsored this bill with the hope that, in the future, it will be easier to make rules for this technology.”

David Nelson