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Reply To: Electric assist bikes?

David C., February 22, 2019 at 2:07 pm

I agree with some of this interpretation. A speed pedelec with an electric motor no more than 750W/1 hp in power but without a throttle, limited to e-assist speeds of no greater than 28 mph, e.g. a Class 3 device using the non-binding industry standards discussed here, is legally a bicycle in Iowa.

To suggest Class 3 devices in Iowa are governed by motorcycle/moped law is simply mistaken.

I also noticed human powered trikes are not bicycles. However they are not vehicles either. Iowa Code 321.1(90).

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