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Bike Electric

What’s an Electric Bike?

Electric Bike Rider’s Guide

All about eBikes

Electric bikes, also called eBikes, assist riders using power provided by an integrated motor and battery. Compared to traditional bikes, eBikes provide faster and easier commutes, near-zero emissions, and an enjoyable ride.

When compared to traditional bikes, eBikes allow riders to travel longer distances in a shorter amount of time. The added range and electric-assisted pedaling can help replace car trips, ease commutes to work or school, and bridge the gap between public transit and home or your next destination. Replacing car trips using eBikes also positively impacts our communities through reduced vehicle pollution, less congestion on the roads, and better health for all.

California recognizes three classes of eBikes: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. The differences between these classes include whether power is supplied only when pedaling or is controlled by the throttle, as well as the top speed the motor assists the rider up to (20 MPH or 28 MPH). The differences are summarized in the table below.

Drive EV Class Chart

Several styles of eBikes are on the market, including cargo bikes, folding bikes, and even three-wheeled bikes. More affordable eBikes generally have a rear hub motor, while higher-end models often have mid-drive motors that are integrated into the bottom bracket (meaning it’s between the pedals).

Many local transit agencies allow eBikes on board, including Sonoma County Transit, Mendocino Transit, Santa Rosa Transit, and SMART train.

Learn more about eBikes, buying considerations, charging tips, and how and where to ride them safely. Download our Electric Bike Rider’s Guide by clicking the button below. Questions about eBikes? Visit your local retailer or email us at

Electric Bike Rider’s Guide

Note: SCP’s Bike Electric incentive program closed to new applications in late-2021. We are in the process of planning our next round of customer programs and hope to have a new eBike offering in 2023.

Ready to ride?

Find a local ebike shop.

Awesome Bike Company
971 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 321-7809
Awesome Bike Company
Big Bowl Bike Shop
58 East Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 723-5035
512 Wilson St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 595-0386
Breakaway Bikes
4235 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95405|
(707) 586-3400
Dave’s Bike Shop
163 E Gobbi St, Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 462-3230
Factory Powersports
55 College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
(707) 545-1672
Fort Bragg Cyclery
301 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-3509
Mike’s Bikes Petaluma
264 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 776-0606
Napa Valley Velo
145 Gasser Drive, Napa, CA 94559
(707) 927-5486
Pedego Santa Rosa
751 5th St. Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 540-0253
St. Helena Cyclery
1156 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-7736

Sonoma Adventures
1254 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-2080
Sports Basement Santa Rosa
1970 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
(707) 921-3147
Trek Bikes
512 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 546-8735