Doug Ricks e-bike

A bill to regulate e-bikes like normal bikes, rather than cars or mopeds, sponsored by Rep. Doug Ricks, R-Rexburg, unanimously passed the House on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. 

BOISE — The Idaho House of Representatives unanimously agreed Wednesday, with no debate, that electric bicycles should be regulated like normal bikes, not cars or mopeds.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Doug Ricks, R-Rexburg, would clarify in Idaho code that e-bikes are not mopeds or motorcycles, and they will have to follow all existing bicycle laws and rules of the road.

Savannah Cardon is the Caldwell reporter for the Idaho Press. Follow her on Twitter, @savannahlcardon, or reach her at 208-465-8172.