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Town Council approved an ordinance allowing lower-speed electric bicycles, commonly referred to as e-bikes, on the Town's public pathways.
As electric bicycles (e-bikes) became increasingly popular on the Island, their use on Town-owned pathways raised concerns regarding the safety of e-bike users and other pathway users due to the high speeds at which they can operate.
The Town's Municipal Code prohibits motor vehicles on publicly-owned pathways. However, South Carolina state law defines e-bikes as bicycles not motor vehicles, therefore they cannot be prohibited from Town-owned pathways without also prohibiting non-electric bicycles.
No, only class 1 and class 2 e-bikes are allowed on Town pathways.
Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes both stop providing motor assisted power at a maximum speed of 20 mph.
The requirement to have a label affixed to the bike indicating its speed and corresponding wattage is a requirement from the State of South Carolina. https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/bills/3174.htm
Per the Act, the manufacturer or distributor is responsible for affixing the label to the bicycle.
The Town's e-bike ordinance applies to Town public pathways only. Please check with your POA for private pathway e-bike applicability.
No, they are not allowed. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on Town public pathways.