The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously passed legislation to legalize pedal-assist electric bicycles.
Senate Bill 997 defines the bicycles as those equipped with operable pedals, an electric motor of 750 watts (1 horsepower) or less, weighing 100 pounds or less, and capable of a maximum speed of not more than 20 mph.
The legislation also requires that the rider be at least 16 years of age.
Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) said if his measure is passed, more people will consider cycling for transportation.
Smith said a growing number of small businesses are already emerging to meet demand for the bikes.
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.