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Stay Legal, Stay Safe: A Primer on Traffic Laws for E-Bike Commuters

As an ebike rider, it’s important to understand the traffic laws that apply to you. Not only will this help keep you safe, but it will also prevent you from getting in trouble with the law. Here are some of the key traffic laws that ebike riders should be aware of:

Helmet Laws:

Many jurisdictions require ebike riders to wear helmets. Even if it's not legally required in your area, it's still highly recommended to wear a helmet for your own safety.

Speed Limits: Ebikes are usually limited to a maximum speed of 20-28 mph, depending on the jurisdiction. Be aware of the speed limit in your area and stay within it.

Traffic Signals: You must obey traffic signals just like any other vehicle on the road. This includes stopping at stop signs, obeying traffic lights, and yielding to pedestrians.

Bike Lanes: If there is a bike lane available, use it. If there isn't a bike lane, you may ride on the road with the flow of traffic. Do not ride against traffic.

Right of Way: Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks and at intersections. Be aware of pedestrians and yield to them.

Lane Position: Ride as far to the right as possible, except when passing or turning left. Avoid riding on sidewalks or in other areas where bikes are prohibited.

Visibility: Make sure you are visible to other drivers. Wear bright clothing and use lights and reflectors to make yourself visible, especially at night.

Passing: When passing other cyclists or pedestrians, announce your presence with a bell or by saying "passing on your left".

Alcohol and Drugs: Just like any other vehicle, it is illegal to operate an ebike while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Maintenance: Keep your ebike in good working order. Regularly check brakes, lights, and tires to make sure they are functioning properly.

By following these traffic laws, you can stay safe while riding your ebike and avoid any legal trouble. Remember, the road is shared by everyone and it’s up to all of us to use it responsibly.

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