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With the rise of pedal assist bikes we thought we’d share with you the rules and regulations as they apply to pedal assist bikes.  Please ensure your bike adheres to these standards and if not, please stay off the trails.

This exert is taken from the Department of Transport’s Cycling Rules Booklet.

Power-assisted pedal cycles

A power-assisted pedal cycle (PAPC) is a bicycle with a motor providing assistance when the rider is pedalling.  In Western Australia PAPC can be used by people aged 16 years and older on
shared paths with the power engaged. To be compliant, a PAPC can only have a maximum power output of 250 watts.  In Western Australia, two categories of PAPCs can be used:

  • those with a maximum power output of 200 watts which are designed to be propelled through a mechanism operated solely by human power, to which is attached one or more auxiliary
    propulsion motors; and
  • pedelecs, which are a form of electric bicycle that comply with EN 15194.

Please note that amendments to the Road Traffic [Administration] Regulations (2014) came into effect from 27 April 2015, making it legal for a pedelec that complies with the European Standard EN 15194 to be ridden on a shared path up to a maximum continuous power output not exceeding 250 watts.

To be compliant, a pedelec must:

  • have a maximum continuous power output of the motor which does not exceed 250 watts;
  • have an electric motor;
  • require the rider to pedal to access the power;
  • have the power cut out when the pedelec reaches 25 km/h, or sooner if the rider stops pedalling; and
  • be certified by the manufacturer and labelled as complying with EN 15194, i.e. the label must include the manufacturers name, the motor’s cut-off speed in km/h and the electric motor’s
    maximum continuous rated power output in watts.
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