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Are E-Bikes Allowed on Trails? Understanding Indiana’s New E-Bike Laws

Although more than one-quarter of a million e-bikes are sold every year in the US, many riders are still fuzzy about the rules and regulations surrounding this highly-popular form of transportation. With an estimated 75% growth annually, the industry has prompted the creation of new e-bike laws in states across the country, including Indiana. 

E-bikes offer the safety and comfort of standard bikes while offering some major advantages such as higher speeds, greater distances, and higher-efficiency. Whether you’re a baby-boomer looking to enjoy bike riding without too much physical exertion, a parent needing a convenient way to get your kids around, or an urbanite dying to ditch public transportation, e-bikes are great for everyone. 

With a diverse array of e-bike users, there are naturally varying degrees of familiarity and experience with these bikes in addition to different preferences when it comes to speed, pace, and overall riding style. Part of the motivation behind passing new e-bike laws in Indiana is to make the roads and trails as safe as possible for everyone. After all, we’re all in this together

What does Indiana’s e-bike law say?

According to Indiana’s e-bike law, there are three groups under which e-bikes can fall. The following categories help users determine the rules they need to follow. 

  • Class 1 – These are bikes outfitted with motors that only offer assistance when the user is pedaling while also ceasing to assist if the bike goes over 20 mph. 
  • Class 2 – Bicycles that come with throttle-actuated motors while ceasing to assist after exceeding 20 mph are placed into this category. 
  • Class 3 – If bicycles are outfitted with motors that assist riders only when they’re pedaling while ceasing assistance after the bike reaches 28 mph, they’re in the final group. 

In Indiana, e-bikes are regulated just the same as normal bicycles. Rules of the road that apply to bicycles powered by humans also apply to e-bikes. Furthermore, e-bikes don’t require the same insurance, licensing, and registration as motor vehicles. Since local and state authorities have the ability to dictate where e-bikes can go, it’s always important to double-check with the relevant agencies to determine where you can and can’t ride. 

Laws regarding access for e-mountain bikes (eMTB) on local, county, state, and federal trails vary widely. In general, trails with a natural surface that are open to non-motorized and motorized vehicles are open to eMTBs as well. However, these e-bikes might not be permitted on trails specified for non-motorized use. It’s advisable to refrain from riding your eMTB on trails where rules aren’t clear. 

The importance of trail etiquette 

Trail etiquette is absolutely key when it comes to riding e-bikes responsibly. While staying abreast of relevant laws on both federal, state, and local levels is important, that’s not the only part of the puzzle. 

Simple gestures like vocalizing your approach to bikers ahead of you on a trail along with your intention to pass can work wonders. A quick “Hey, coming up on your left” can mean the difference between a terrible accident and an enjoyable day of e-bike riding for everyone. Feel free to check out this handout to learn more about Indiana e-bike laws. 

If you’re interested in renting an e-bike in the Indianapolis area, reach out to EZ-E Bike Rentals today. 

Sources: 

https://www.bgindy.com/articles/e-bike-bills-in-indiana-2019-legislative-session-talking-points-pg2402.htm

https://wsd-pfb-sparkinfluence.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2019/05/E-Bike-Law-Handouts_IN_new2019_april.pdf

Pennsy Trail Update

The trail is currently open in three disjointed segments. Please bookmark this page if you want to follow the updates or follow us on Facebook.

November 30, 2020

I hope everyone had a nice and safe Thanksgiving.

The paving of the Pennsy Trail extension is complete. The trail is now connected from Mt. Comfort Rd on the Far Eastside to downtown Indy!
The construction company did a really nice job. From the new paving. New benches have been installed. New signage and safety rails are still being installed. And people have been using it! All ready for spring!

Keep EZ E-Bike Rentals in mind for a nice bike ride along the trail. Rent our E-Bikes. We can work with you to make your next ride a fun one! Just keep in mind our winter/off-season hours are best by appointment only.

Please call ahead. Thanks!
Jim
EZ E-Bike Rentals

September 27, 2020

Here is a video of the new section of the Pennsy Trail from Shortridge Rd heading east to Post Rd. The trail is finishing up. The section between Post Rd and German Church Rd has a couple of bridges that need the concrete to be poured and cured before they can finish it. Enjoy! 🚴‍♂️

August 24th, 2020

Pennsy Trail update. From German Church to Mitthoeffer and from Mitthoeffer to Post Rd. I am really struck by how pretty the trail will be when it’s finished.

I am excited and patiently waiting for it to be completed but at this pace it looks like late October.

The pictures show the 2 small bridges that are slowing things down as they are being constructed.

I look forward to seeing you out on the new trail to downtown and wonder how things are moving along heading east to Greenfield. Please let me know if you have any info.

Take care, Jim

July 19th, 2020

Good Evening, Pennsy Trail update!
Paving has started and goes from Shortridge Rd thru Old Trails Rd thru to Franklin Rd and over to Post Rd. Which gets about half way. Then the pictures show gravel from Post Rd to Mitthoefer and then behind Walmart to German Church Rd.🤞

Hopefully the construction will be finished and the trail open in August??

Stay Tuned!!
Have a Great week.
Jim

April 18th, 2020

It was a little muddy but the Pennsy Trail construction continues. Drainage and utilities being worked on.

Very excited to see it continue. And look forward to it getting finished. The green is popping out in every photo.

Take care and see you on the trail! 🚴‍♂️😊Jim

April 13th, 2020

This picture is looking West. And is located behind the Walmart store just west of German Church Rd.

Update on the construction of the new section of the Pennsy Trail connection continues. If you zoom in and look just above the piles of gravel you can see the muddy lane that they will spread the gravel base on to create the base that can then be paved.

It’s exciting to see the progress continue. This picture is looking West. And is located behind the Walmart store just west of German Church Rd.

Jim 🚴‍♂️

April 7th, 2020

Today a quick couple of pictures of the Pennsy Trail connection between German Church and Short Ridge roads. As you can see the tree work seems to be finished. You can also see the tunnel that goes under 465 looking East and the the other picture looking West towards Short Ridge.

It is exciting to see the rough outline of the trail in the hope that construction will really be finished by mid summer 🤞.

I know everyone is looking forward to riding this section of the trail as much as I am. 😊

EZ E-Bike Rentals
Jim

March 28th, 2020

Here is the view from Mitthoefer Rd looking West (left), then looking East (right). The trail is coming along nicely.

New Electric Bikes For Sale From Vtuvia

We have three different Vtuvia electric bikes for sale. These would make a great gift for Christmas and they are in stock and ready for you to wheel away.

Vtuvia SN-100 Painted Camo Fat Tire E-Bike $1,500

The SN100 Camo-Painted Fat Tire E-Bike has .9 miles on it (it’s brand new) and it has great specs (750 watt motor, Shimano 7-speed cassette, front suspension fork, fat tires, disc brakes). This has a unique frame design with an integrated headlight. All this for only $1,500!

Vtuvia SF-20 White & Black Fat Tire Folding E-Bike – $1,250

The Vtuvia SF-20 White & Black Fat Tire Folding E-Bikes are both with 0 miles and they have the same great features as the SN100 with a convenient folding frame for easier travel & storage. The step-thru folding frame design makes it easy to get on and off your e-bike. Both models are $1,250.

Vtuvia SK-20 – $1,250

The Vtuvia SK-20 Blue & Green Fat Tire Folding E-Bikes feature a new frame design & a lower step-thru height. There are some new unique color choices and these bikes feature the same great specs as the SN100 and SF-20. A great deal for $1,250.

Are you interested in an e-bike?

Do you have questions? We’re happy to help! Just give us a call or contact us today!

Used Rad Power Bikes – 2019 RadRover, 2020 RadMini, & 2019 RadCity E-Bikes For Sale

2019 RadRover by Rad Power Bikes

2019 RadRover by Rad Power Bikes – 349 miles – $1,300

2020 RadMini by Rad Power Bikes

2020 RadMini by Rad Power Bikes – 339 Miles – $1,300

2019 RadCity by Rad Power Bikes

2019 RadCity by Rad Power Bikes – 300 miles – $1,200

EZ E-Bike Rentals Available By Appointment Only

We take your health very seriously and want to be as cautious as possible during this outbreak. We are taking the following precautions:

  • No walk-ins – Appointment only – E-bike rentals are available by appointment only (call,text 317-207-0880, or rent online) at this time.
  • Social Distancing: Rentals are limited to groups of no more than 2 riders at a time. If you have a group of four, we prefer you to come into the shop 2 at a time.
  • Sanitization – We are using sanitizing wipes & hand sanitizer.
  • Gloves – We provide & encourage gloves
  • Helmets – Bring Your Own or Use Ours

Rad Power Bikes named one of America’s fastest-growing companies by Inc. magazine

Electric-bike manufacturer Rad Power Bikes is ranked No. 63 on the Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies.

We are happy to partner with them to offer the 2019 EZ E-Bike rentals fleet.

For more details, check our GeekWire magazine’s article on this: https://www.geekwire.com/2019/inc-5000-list-fastest-growing-private-companies-features-strong-showing-washington/

Vtuvia SF-20 Folding Electric Bicycle Gives A Strong Performance on The Cardinal Greenway

We put the Vtuvia SF-20 electric bicycle thru its paces this past Sunday in the Cardinal Greenway. It really puts out the power for such a small package.

  • The 20-inch fat tires on this e-bike give you a smoother ride and it folds so it can be placed in a trunk or SUV.
  • We rode it for 26 miles in total and still had close to 40% of the battery left.
  • The 500-watt motor has all the power you need for the long inclines the trail threw at it even when you didn’t want to pedal. The pedal assist was a little slow to react but would pull nicely.
  • I found that you could use the throttle and feather it in with the peddle assist allowed you to stay with your partner’s pace to allow for a nice conversation. during the ride.

When you consider you get all that for a $1,199.00 price point the Vtuvia SF-20 e-bike has a lot going for it. Come see us at EZ E-Bike Rentals and we can order one for you!

I would highly recommend the Cardinal Greenway for anyone who wants to ride and experience the joy of a long trail. Be sure to pack a sandwich and some water and make a day of it. It just takes a little time and cost of gas to get there for a wonderful ride.

Dean and Jo Ann From Tampa, FL Stop By EZ E-Bike Rentals

EZ E-Bike Rentals has had some distant visitors but Tampa, Florida is the furthest yet.

Dean & Jo Ann Hauser - August 27th, 2019
Dean and Jo Ann From Tampa, Florida

Dean and Jo Ann were in town visiting friends and family and took some time to come by to test ride the RadCity Step-Thru bikes.

Their friends in Tampa have a couple bikes and they wanted to try them before deciding to buy. They picked a nice evening to ride on the Pennsy Trail in Cumberland Indiana.

EZ E-Bike Rentals Now Offers Bicycle Assembly & Delivery Service!

A special thanks to Ron and Carol Ernst of Noblesville, IN. After purchasing their Rad Power Bikes they needed EZ E-Bikes Rentals to help them out by having their bikes assembled and delivered by EZ E-Bike Rentals. We arranged a time to deliver their bikes. It was like Christmas!

Ron & Carol Ernst are happy new owners of their Rad Power Bikes. EZ E-Bike Rentals assembled and delivered their bike right to them!

They began to personalize them with the accessories they had waiting like panniers, phone holders, rear storage bags and took them for a ride.

As I left, They were making plans to ride their new RadWagon and RadCity Step Thru on all the trails Noblesville and surrounding areas have to offer. Look for them! 🙂

Beautiful Day on the Pennsy Trail for a Bike Ride

Larry & Carol picked up Jim on their 2+ hour drive to take a test drive of the Rad Power Bikes featured at EZ E-Bike Rentals. The weather was fantastic as their test ride took them on the Pennsy Trail, through the trees and along Buck Creek as it bustled with activity. Taking their time to switch riders and drink some water.

Jim, Larry, & Carol enjoyed the e-bike ride and found out first-hand how easy electric bikes are to use. Before heading home to Ohio they had a nice lunch at Sero’s Family Restaurant, a local eatery here in Cumberland Indiana.

They appreciated the quality e-bikes for the price point, proving why Rad Power Bikes is the 63rd fastest growing company on Fortune’s 2019 list. Allowing the rider to look for more ways to ride their bike like they used to years ago.