Motorized Bicycle Laws in Oregon

Motorized Bicycles in Oregon

Generic Court GavelThere are many benefits to be had by using a motorized bicycle as your primary (or secondary) method of transportation. With rising gas prices, environmental concerns and a suffering economy, it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing them over other options.

While there are federal laws for electric bicycles, the State of Oregon also has their own laws for mopeds, scooters and electric bikes, which are a little different.

Mopeds

In order for a vehicle to be considered a moped, it must:

  • Have 3 wheels or less.
  • Have a seat (rather than a standing base)
  • Have an automatic transmission.
  • Have a motor between 35.01 and 50 cc.
  • Be unable to go more than 30 mph on level ground.

Mopeds need to be registered through the DMV, and require a drivers license to ride.

Scooters

In order for a vehicle to be defined as a scooter, it must:

  • Have a gas-powered engine up to 35 cc, or an electric motor up to 1,000 watts.
  • Be unable to go more than 24 mph on level ground.

Unlike mopeds, scooters do not need to be registered through the DMV.

Electric Bicycles

In order for a vehicle to be considered an electric bicycle, it must:

  • Have pedals, as well as an electric motor.
  • The motor must be no more than 1,000 watts.
  • Be unable to go more than 20 MPH on level ground.

Like scooters, electric bicycles do not need to be registered.

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