Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Monday regulating low-speed electric scooters and e-bikes in much the same way as regular bicycles.
Senate Bill 731 allows motorized scooters and e-bikes capable of traveling 20 miles per hour or slower to be operated on streets, highways and bicycle paths. An operator of a low-speed electric bicycle or motorized scooter will not be required to register the vehicle, furnish proof of insurance or have a driver’s license. The bill further provides that all statutes, rules, and regulations that apply to ordinary bicycles apply to low-speed electric bicycles and motorized scooters.
The primary sponsors of the bill were Sen. Linda Greenstein, Sen. Shirley Turner, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, and Assemblyman Jamel Holley.
“Electric bicycles and motorized scooters offer a fantastic alternative to cars and their use will serve to cut both emissions and congestion in our cities,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “As we seek to support New Jersey’s Innovation Economy, this bill will help encourage a true re-imagining of urban commuting.”