Motorized Bicycle Laws in Washington D.C.

Motorized Bicycles in Washington D.C.

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.

The District of Columbia defines motorized bicycles as a bike that:

  • Has 2 or 3 wheels that are at least 16 inches in diameter.
  • Has a maximum speed of 35 MPH on level ground.
  • Has an engine that is no bigger than 1.5 brake horsepower.

If your bike exceeds the above requirements then it is considered to be a motorcycle, and you must follow all of the motorcycle laws.

It’s also important to note that the district prohibits motorized bicycles from being driven anywhere that a regular car would be prohibited. This means that you can’t drive them on sidewalks, off-street bike paths and bicycle routs, even if you aren’t engaging the motor and are just propelling yourself with human power.

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