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All You Wanted to Know And More

We'll be sharing information such as laws, trails maps and safety guidance. Laws may vary state to state, please check for restrictions in your area.

 

What is an e-bike?

E-bikes are defined as “pedalcycles with electric assist,” so long as the e-bike’s motor is under 750w, has a maximum speed of 20mph, and has operable pedals.

Are the laws in PA different for e-bikes?

The same rules of the road apply to both e-bikes and human-powered bicycles.

Do I need a license for an e-bike?

E-bikes are not subject to the registration, licensing or insurance requirements that apply to motor vehicles.

Peopleforbikes.org

Electric bicycles are designed to be as safe as traditional bicycles, do not compromise consumer safety, and benefit bicyclists who may be discouraged from riding a traditional bicycle due to limited physical fitness, age, disability or convenience.

In many states, e-bikes are regulated under antiquated laws primarily aimed at combustion engine vehicles such as mopeds or scooters. PeopleForBikes and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association are clarifying state laws governing the use of e-bikes in the U.S. Every state’s law is different, but the objective is to ensure that low-speed e-bikes are regulated similarly to traditional, human-powered bicycles.