Electric bikes are permitted on the bridleways of the Hills and Commons if they meet the EPAC (Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles) requirements.
The requirements are:
- the bike must have pedals that can be used to propel it
- the electric motor shouldn’t be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph
- the motor shouldn’t have a maximum power output of more than 250 watts
It must also display one item from each of the following:
- the power output or manufacturer of the motor
- the battery’s voltage or maximum speed of the bike
Any electric bike that doesn’t meet the EAPC rules needs to be registered and taxed and cannot be ridden anywhere on the Hills and Commons. You’ll need a driving licence to ride one and you must wear a crash helmet.
The vehicle will also need to be ‘type approved’ to make sure it’s safe to use on the road.
Electric Bikes (GOV.UK)