WA State E-Bike Law
Here’s what you need to know about Washington’s new e-bike lawBy Administrator | Published June 6, 2018New E-bike law in Washington state takes effect on June 7, 2018.In early 2018 the Washington State Legislature passed SB 6434, establishing a legal framework consistent with national standards and giving the electric bike (e-bike) industry greater certainty in the Washington market.
The new law also more clearly defines where e-bikes can and cannot be used on bikeways, trails and streets, as well as ensuring that jurisdictions and agencies have the tools for enforcement and management of e-bikes on our streets and trails.
Cascade Bicycle Club published the following Frequently Asked Questions about Washington’s New E-bike Law:
What does the e-bike bill do?
Expands the definition of bicycle to include e-bikes; defines three distinct classes of e-bikes; updates rules around use of e-bikes
What is an e-bike?
A bicycle with two or three wheels, a saddle, fully operative pedals for human propulsion, and an electric motor with fewer than 750 watts of power
What are the three classes of e-bikes?
The maximum of 750 watts aligns with federal consumer protection regulations. If the wattage is higher than 750, it is no longer classified as a bike, but instead as a motor vehicle for the purpose of consumer protection. Above 750 watts it is subject to more rules, including licensure and registration.
What do e-bike manufacturers and retailers have to do because of this new law?
Manufacturers and retailers are required to permanently affix a label (in a prominent location) printed in arial font and at least nine-point type that contains the classification number, top assisted speed, and motor wattage.
When will the legislation become law?
The law will be enacted June 7, 2018, with the requirement to label new e-bikes on July 1, 2018.
I owned an e-bike prior to the 2018 legislation becoming a law; what happens to my e-bike?
E-bikes purchased prior to the bill becoming law are not subject to the new requirements in the e-bike law update.