Use of Electric Bikes on Club Rides
Club members are welcome to use Electric bikes on Club Runs provided that their bike complies with the government rules for Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles:
“An Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EAPC) must have pedals that can be used to propel it. It must show either:
- the power output
- the manufacturer of the motor
It must also show either:
- the battery’s voltage
- the maximum speed of the bike
Its electric motor:
- must have a maximum power output of 250 watts
- should not be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph
If a bike meets the EAPC requirements it is classed as a normal pedal bike. This means you can ride it on cycle paths and anywhere else pedal bikes are allowed. Any electric bike that does not meet the EAPC rules is classed as a motorcycle or moped and needs to be registered and taxed. You’ll need a driving licence to ride one and you must wear a crash helmet.”
If a club member or other rider was to join a club run with a modified e-bike or a bicycle with an e-bike conversion which does not conform to the legal requirements then that rider and the club would not be indemnified against third party losses under the club’s insurance.
For this reason, Fenland Clarion can only allow legal EAPCs to be used on club runs and rides. Individual members are responsible for checking and disclosing to the club whether their EAPC is legal.
When attending a club run, please make the Ride Leader aware that you are riding an Electric bike and be ready to confirm that it complies with the EAPC rules.
The full text of the EAPC rules can be found at: electric bike rules