Boise Has a New e-Bike Law – Here’s What You Need to Know
Depending on what type of e-Bike you have, the laws are different. It's a little confusing. We're here to help.
After a new law passed on Tuesday, December 19th, slower operating e-bikes are now allowed to operate pretty much anywhere. This includes:
- Bike lanes
- The Greenbelt
Most e-bikes fall under a class 1 or class 2, meaning they top out at around 20mph. A class 3 e-bike can reach up to 28mph, and won't be allowed to be operated on the Greenbelt, on sidewalks, bike lanes or crosswalks.
The law is now in effect, so take a second to see what class of e-bike you're operating so you don't get popped for using your bike in the wrong place.
Fun thing this writer learned while looking into e-bikes in Boise: There is no legal speed limit on Boise's Greenbelt. The city requests that you go "no faster than what's appropriate for the conditions." Which, to me, sounds like you can pretty much go as fast as you want. You shouldn't, but you can. But don't. It's dangerous.