When I mentioned my idea of eliminating the pedals altogether on the forum, it was mentioned that there may be legal issues with doing that. I decided to look up the laws in my area pertaining to motorbikes. I found none specified for Vermont, the state in which I live, but I did find some federal laws. The one that caught my eye was the following:
This obviously proved to be a problem. If I didn't have fully operable pedals, the law would require that I register it as a motorcycle. This would be very inconvenient, especially for a lot of DIYers. I realized that having the pedals was absolutely necessary. Once again, I had to completely rethink the layout of my bike.CPSC rules stipulate that low speed electric bicycles (to include two and three wheel vehicles) are exempt from classification as motor vehicles providing they have fully operable pedals and a top motor-powered speed of less than 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) when operated by a rider weighing 170 pounds.