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E-bike bill in Washington state heads to governor for signing

Published February 28, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (BRAIN) — The Washington state Legislature passed a three-class e-bike bill (SB 6434) Tuesday night with an 86-12 vote (House), following a 44-2 vote out of the Senate. It defines Class 1, 2 and 3 e-bikes as bicycles with many of the same rights to the road, in particular bike path access for Class 1 and 2 e-bikes.

The bill (SB 6434) is very similar to bills passed in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee and Utah and it's expected to be signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee in March.

“We worked closely with Washington Bikes on this bill and have an ally in the governor’s office,” said Morgan Lommele, e-bike campaigns manager for PeopleForBikes.

Lommele said PeopleForBikes is pursuing e-bike bills in Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin this year. 

“And we are building a coalition towards passing e-bike laws in Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon and South Dakota for 2019,” she added. “This year we also attempted to run an e-bike bill in Idaho but it died in committee, so we'll work on a renewed effort for 2019.”

More information read the bill text

Topics associated with this article: Electric bike, Advocacy/Non-profits

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