Here's the Florida story:
(2) BICYCLE.--Every vehicle propelled solely by human power, and every motorized bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on level ground upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels. The term does not include such a vehicle with a seat height of no more than 25 inches from the ground when the seat is adjusted to its highest position or a scooter or similar device. No person under the age of 16 may operate or ride upon a motorized bicycle.
In Illinois, however, the e-bike limit is 25mph. Again it's treated like a bicycle, so you can legally use it on bike trails. But this shows that rules vary from state to state. Check your state laws.
For other states, check the Cornell University Law website for traffic law (including pedestrian laws) for most U.S. states, OR your state laws: http://www.legalonline.com
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