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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 all but 2 other states who've adopted the 3-Class e-Bike Framework.

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KEY FACTS ABOUT ELECTRIC BIKES (E-BIKES) - 2023

 

  1. Classified e-bikes with maximum speeds are safest riding on bike paths.
    Class 1 & 2 e-bikes are engineered to not exceed 20mph – within the range of typical intermediate and advanced cyclists on traditional bikes. Therefore, riders with Class-1 & Class-2 e-bikes should be afforded the same rights and safety protections as traditional cyclists on bike paths, E-bikes providing a boost up to 60mph should not.

     

  2. 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. 
     

  3. Federal and 40 states now regulate class 1 & 2 e-bikes as bicycles – not as motor vehicles.
    The Federal Department of Interior (including National Parks and US Forests) and 40 states, including all of New Mexico’s neighboring states, have adopted the 3-Class eBike Framework legislation that classifies most e-bikes as a bicycle. 
     

  4. 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.
     

  5. 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 or all their 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. 

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E-BIKE ISSUES IN NEW MEXICO

  1. Currently, the State of New Mexico has no laws governing e-bikes.
    In 80% of US states, including all our neighboring states, e-bikes are safely regulated by speed, source of motor power (pedal-assist and/or throttle), age of e-bike operator, and riding infrastructure (trails, paths, streets, roads, highways.)

     

  2. A 2017 New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department Code considers ALL motorized bicycles – including those being powered up to 60mph – as a bicycle. As such, unclassified motorized bicycles (by battery or gas) may legally ride on all New Mexico bike trails, multi-use paths and other protected areas alongside traditional cyclists, pedestrians, and other e-biker riding under 20mph.
    This is grossly unsafe for everyone.

     

  3. Local jurisdictions are unsure and/or 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 20mph, similar to the average road cyclist.
     

  4. 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.

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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!

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PROPOSED SOLUTION:
STATE REGULATION BY 3-CLASS E-BIKE SYSTEM

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The PeopleForBikes 3-Class eBike System has already been adopted by 47 states, including all of our neighboring states, National Parks & US Forest Lands, per the Department of Interior’s Order 3376:

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.

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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 SAFE E-BIKE RIDING IN NEW MEXICO

SB-369 was introduced in 2021 to the 55th State of New Mexico legislature - State of New Mexico

Introduced by Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez. While this bill never made it to the floor during Covid, 

we're optimistic this new bill (to be introduced in 2023) 

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