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Riding an electric bike

Electric bikes allow cyclists to cover long distances while respecting the environment.

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Electric bikes (e-bikes) are divided into two categories of vehicle:

Light mopeds

The power of these vehicles must not exceed 500 watts and a maximum speed of 20 km/h without pedal assistance (25 km/h with pedal assistance).

This category includes electric scooters with identical technical characteristics and cycle rickshaws weighing up to 200 kg. A number plate is not necessary. Age: 14 years with a G or M licence, from 16 years without a licence.

Helmet recommended.

Moped

The power of these vehicles must not exceed 1,000 watts and a maximum speed of 30 km/h without pedal assistance (45 km/h with pedal assistance).

This category includes electric scooters and personal transporters (power up to 2,000 watts) with identical technical characteristics. A number plate is essential. Age: 14 years with a G or M licence, from 16 years without a licence.

Helmet mandatory: cycle or moped helmet for vehicles with a speed in excess of 20 km/h and when pedal assistance is greater than 45 km/h. 

Traffic rules

All these vehicles must use the cycling amenities and follow the same rules as conventional bicycles. They are prohibited from using pavements or pedestrian areas.

Electric vehicles are an ideal alternative to scooters and motorbikes as they allow users to cover long distances without consuming any fuel or making any noise. They are suitable for:

  • long journeys;
  • people who do not do regular exercise or who suffer from a physical impairment;
  • inter-modality;
  • cyclists wanting to save their energy.

Where to test an electric bicycle

Subsidised by the City of Geneva, the association Genèveroule hires electric bikes out throughout the year. Two arcades are open to the public 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: 

You can also obtain information from bicycle retailers.

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More information

Information is available on the Genèveroule website. The website also enables you to reserve bikes. 

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Article modifié le 07.02.2020 à 11:36