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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Awesome Bike Company|
971 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Awesome Bike Company
|Big Bowl Bike Shop|
58 East Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
512 Wilson St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
4235 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95405|
|Dave’s Bike Shop|
163 E Gobbi St, Ukiah, CA 95482
55 College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
|Fort Bragg Cyclery|
301 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
|Mike’s Bikes Petaluma|
264 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma, CA 94952
|Napa Valley Velo|
145 Gasser Drive, Napa, CA 94559
|Pedego Santa Rosa|
751 5th St. Santa Rosa, CA 95404
|St. Helena Cyclery|
1156 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574
1254 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476
|Sports Basement Santa Rosa|
1970 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
512 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401