Lawmakers consider bill to allow electric bikes on PA roads

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 23, 2013 8:01 AM

(Harrisburg) -- State senators are considering a measure to allow electric bicycles on the commonwealth's roadways.

Senator Matt Smith is sponsoring the plan to put so-called "pedal assist" bikes and traditional bicycles in the same category.

The Allegheny County Democrat says they're are not like scooters or motorcycles.

"The electric assist bikes allow commuters to navigate our hilly terrain when they thought driving was the only option," Smith says. "They also allow baby boomers who may not be able to use a pedal-only bicycle, but want to stay active, this will allow them to navigate the hilly terrain."

Smith says giving the green light to electric bikes could boost their sales in the state and help small businesses.

The Senate Transportation Committee is looking at the bill.

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