MEETING NEW MEXICO’S NEEDS for
SAFE, HEALTHY & REWARDING BIKING on ELECTRIC BIKES (E-BIKES)
Regulate e-bikes in New Mexico consistent with federal and 46 other states with 3-Class e-Bike Framework.
KEY FACTS ABOUT ELECTRIC BIKES (E-BIKES) - 2022
Classified e-bikes are safest riding on bike paths.
Classified e-bikes are engineered to not exceed speeds of traditional bikes on bike paths. Protected bike paths are safest for e-bikes that provide boost up to 20mph.
When more people ride bikes (electric and traditional), bicycling grows safer for everyone.
Studies show that increased number of all bikes on city streets increases the overall safety of all cyclists, pedestrians and motorists by virtue of the “Safety-in-Numbers” effect (countering concerns that an increase of people on e-bikes would produce more crashes.) Most classified e-bikes are engineered to not exceed 20mph. Traditional cyclists average 10-25mph.
Federal and 46 states now regulate most e-bikes as bicycles – not as motor vehicles.
The Federal Department of Interior (including National Parks and US Forests) and 46 states, including all New Mexico’s neighboring states, have adopted the 3-Class eBike Framework legislation that classifies most e-bikes as a bicycle.
E-bike riders experience greater health, environmental and economic benefits than drivers and even traditional bike riders.
E-biking has multiple public health, environmental and economic benefits. E-bikers can efficiently travel farther than traditional cyclists, while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. Studies show e-bike owners ride farther, longer and more frequently than traditional bike owners – for fun, fitness and everyday transportation.
Ten states have either passed or are working on legislation to incentivize ebike purchases.
These pieces of legislation do and will continue to make it easier for more people from all socio-economic levels to replace some car trips for e-bike trips, significantly cutting their carbon output. Incentivizing the use of e-bikes to replace car trips through a consumer tax credit or rebate encourages Americans to transition to greener modes of transportation.
Use of e-bikes is booming across the U.S.
Aligning ebike regulation with federal and 46 other states would draw more riders to New Mexico parks and cities. More than 130 million e-bikes are expected to be sold between 2020 and 2023 – generating about $20 billion in revenue.
Increased number of bikes on roads enables local jurisdictions to fund new bike infrastructure projects, thus creating greater safety for all.
New Mexico falls in the highest 10% of bicycle fatalities in US. At the same time, year after year, ABQ’s Annual Bike-to-Work Day Survey shows all age groups report their #1 difficulty to ride more is “It feels unsafe riding around.” With increased e-bike use for transportation in New Mexico, local jurisdictions are better positioned and incentivized to seek additional funds from national initiatives such VisionZero, Complete Streets and others aimed at increased safety, carbon reduction and public health.
E-BIKE ISSUES IN NEW MEXICO
E-bikes are not defined nor regulated in New Mexico.
Local jurisdictions are unable to inform, regulate or enforce their ever-increasing use. E-bikes are built more similarly to standard bikes than mopeds or motorcycles, with class 1&2 e-bikes reaching top speeds of 20 mph, similar to the average road cyclist.
Opposing regulations across state and federal lands cause confusion.
The federal government and all neighboring states have adopted the 3-class e-bike system, however New Mexico has not -- thus creating confusion for tourists and locals alike.
Current regulation of e-bikes as a motor vehicle does not align with New Mexico DMV guidelines.
E-bikes are classified as mopeds which require DMV registration, however, e-bikes do not have a VIN number and are therefore impossible to register.
PLEASE SUPPORT EBIKE SAFETY IN NEW MEXICO!
Hi, I'm Susan Gautsch - Owner/CEO of Free-to-Roam eBiking.
In 2020-2021, I worked with NM State Senator Sedillo Lopez who introduced legislation that defines most eBikes as a bike rather than a motor-vehicle (like all but 4 other states have now done.) While this bill was introduced, SB-369, like many other introduced bills, never made it to the floor.
With Covid, there were many bigger fish to fry that 2021 session!
This year with the rapid growth of eBikes across our state, this legislation is even more critical for everyone's safety and enjoyment on eBikes!
STATE REGULATION BY 3-CLASS E-BIKE SYSTEM
Class 1: Max 20mph • Pedal Assist Only
Bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the e-bike reaches 20mph.
Class 2: Max 20mph • Pedal Assist & Throttle
Bicycle equipped with a throttle-actuated motor, that ceases to provide assistance when the
e-bike reaches 20mph
Class 3: Max 28mph • Pedal Assist Only • Must be 16yrs or older to operate.
Bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the e-bike reaches 28mph.
PUBLIC BENEFITS OF ENCOURAGING SAFE E-BIKING:
Public Health & Wellness -- physical exercise, mental & psycho-emotional health and greater sense of community
Environmental Sustainability -- zero carbon emissions, less cars on road & congestion
Economic Development - attract visitors explore vast and hard-to-reach areas of state
Community Engagement -- enable more cyclists of all ages and abilities -- even with socially distancing
Community Development -- commuters via bike are more likely to shop & support local
INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS OF ENCOURAGING SAFE E-BIKING:
Personal Health -- same health benefits as cycling, farther riding, even more fun
Lifestyle Change -- breaks sedentary lifestyle, encourages more exercise in other aspects of life
Mental Health -- decreased stress and anxiety, better sleep, boosted creativity
Affordable -- cheaper than owning a car, little maintenance & no continued expenditures.
Sustainable -- reducing carbon footprint and promoting a personal sustainable lifestyle
Accessible -- possible for older, injured, or mobility impaired people – even for long distances and up hills
Freeing -- naturally enables community with social distancing, longer & farther trips and outdoor fun.
Commuting -- easier to ride uphill, in wind and professional clothes without breaking a sweat like on a traditional bike
STAY INFORMED • SUPPORT SAFETY FOR EBIKES IN NEW MEXICO
was introduced in 2021 to the 55th State of New Mexico legislature - State of New Mexico
Introduced by Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez.