While Chicago is known as a bike-friendly city with its protected lanes and bike-sharing program, elected officials are thinking about regulating electric bicycles next.
Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) and Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st) introduced an ordinance on Wednesday that defines a low-speed electric bicycle and outlines operating restrictions.
Such bicycles would be defined as a two- or three-wheeled devices with pedals and an electric motor of less than one horsepower. The electric bicycles would not fall within the definition of "motor vehicle" or "motor-driven cycle."