Occasionally, the very worst happens. In December 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland, a cyclist was struck from behind and killed by a motorist. The driver drove from the scene, even though the vehicle was heavily damaged with a windshield shattered and deformed by the cyclist's body.
There is no area of bicycle law that is as out of date as laws regarding E bikes. E bikes are fast growing. They are evolving and their uses are growing and changing.
Delivery drivers in cities use E bikes. Companies like LIME have been created to rent E bikes to tourists. The result has been more E bikes in traffic with bicycles and pedestrians, as well as more E bikes in traffic with motor vehicles. Florida laws have not kept pace with these changes.
The definition of a bicycle under Florida law includes a vehicle with an “electric helper motor” capable of going “not more than 20 mph” on level ground.