This blog post discusses Florida law applicable to electronic-assist bicycles, frequently called "e-bikes". E-bikes are usually "pedal-assist" - the cyclist must pedal to receive power from the electric motor. On this type of e-bike, there is no hand throttle. European rules require that e-bikes only provide power if the rider pedals but in the U.S., most but not all e-bikes require pedaling for assistance. A few e-bike models can assist the rider even without pedaling, when the rider turns a hand throttle.