Recent trend in motorized bikes has riders weighing costs
More drivers are now turning to motorized bicycles as a cheaper means of transportation. But, could cutting costs, cost you your life?
"I was driving down 8th Street towards Jefferson and a person on a motorized bicycle came flying through the intersection at Washington Street and literally if I had had even a moment of hesitation in myself or been slightly distracted he'd be dead. It was inches and I screamed," shares Sheryl Hart, owner of Second String Music in Quincy.
Sheryl Hart has serious concerns that not all riders follow the law.
"It's as if the stop lights don't matter. It's an accident waiting to happen. Do they realize they still have to obey the traffic laws? I wish there was a way that they could get a special license that says they understand the rules of the road. Like a motorized bicycle license," says Sheryl.
Sgt. Adam Yates with the Quincy Police Department says there are other laws these bike owners need to know.
"The first one is that it has to have operable pedals so you have to actually be able to pedal the bicycle as well as use the motor on it. The motor cannot be any bigger than about 30cc's," explains Yates.
You also must be at least 16 years old to ride one, you can only ride them in the street and it is illegal to ride them on the sidewalk.
"When driven by somebody that's 170 pounds on a level surface a low-speed gas powered bicycle cannot go faster than 20 mph," says Yates.
And Yates also agrees not all riders follow the law.
"The biggest issue is that 90 percent of the low-speed gas powered bicycles that we see out there aren't low-speed gas powered bicycles. Their pedi-cycles or mopeds," explains Yates.
If it falls under those categories it should be registered, have insurance and the driver must have a valid driver's license.
"A lot of the times what we see with the people that are riding them is that they are not obeying the fact that they're supposed to ride them on the street, we'll find them riding on the sidewalk. They don't obey the traffic laws, which are the same for regular bicycles with no motors on them," said Yates.
Monday night on KHQA news, Hailey Vetterlein will sit down with a Tri-State resident who makes these bikes to hear what they have to say about the benefits.