Ask Trooper Steve: Are Gas-Powered Bicycles Legal In Florida? – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions and shares tips about the rules of the road, helping Central Florida residents become better drivers by being better educated.

Trooper Steve was asked, “Are gas-powered bicycles legal in Florida?”

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“I find this question funny because in today’s society we’re trying to turn gas cars into electric cars meanwhile some people are trying to turn bicycles into gas powered bicycles. I don’t know where this started but I am intrigued by it. Somewhere someone decided to attach an engine to assist them on their bicycle and well it’s become a new craze,” Trooper Steve said.

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He said a gas-assisted bicycle is legal in the State of Florida but like every thing else, there are governing laws that provide guidance on how these bicycles should be operated.

Trooper Steve said a bicycle under human power operates under normal bicycle laws and once a bicycle has the assistance of a gas engine, it is no longer allowed on the road or the sidewalk, which “would only be allowed on private property.”

“The State of Florida still identifies this as a bicycle whether a motor is present or not. There are no scenarios where a gas-assisted bicycle can be registered as a moped or a motorcycle and would allow that to be defined as a vehicle to be driven within travel lanes,” he said. “These bicyclists should still operate under the exact same do care as any other bicyclist would. But when you’re asking me, I would think a rider should be more cautious while out because of the power assist that they are using.”

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About the Author:Steve MontieroSteven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve,” joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.