Very thoughtful post!
Did not realise that there was an age restriction of 16. I wonder why they did that as an e-bike with a 20 mph limit is classified as a bicycle and no plates/license requirement. I could see if plates/license were required how that would eliminate the under 16 crowd. That seems unfair to some of the under 16 kids who for many reasons need a pedal assist bike.
There is a little bit of what I would call mis-information in the article when they mention a bike going 28 mph. If it can do that without pedal assist in Illinois it is no longer a bicycle, but a moped or scooter and that means a drivers license and plates requirement.
Brian - any update? Has she gotten an ebike? If so, how does she like it?
Thanks for the update. I'm a bit dismayed. In the absence of, say, a municipal ordinance to the contrary, this statute makes any electrically-motorized scooter that goes up to 20 miles an hour an e-bike, even if it can't be pedaled at all. Also, it would allow e-bikes capable of going 28 miles an hour to be on bike paths. This is just what I thought would happen -- allowing motor scooters on bikeways everywhere, and excessively fast ones to boot. Clearly a product of the e-bike lobby.