If you're concerned about whether e-bikes are legal to ride on the streets where you live, this video might shed some light on the issue. Electric bike Laws in the USA are different from state to state, learn more about you state below>
There are three types of e-bikes:
- (1) A “class 1 electric bicycle,” or “low-speed pedal-assisted electric bicycle,” is a bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.
- (2) A “class 2 electric bicycle,” or “low-speed throttle-assisted electric bicycle,” is a bicycle equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.
- (3) A “class 3 electric bicycle,” or “speed pedal-assisted electric bicycle,” is a bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 miles per hour, and equipped with a speedometer.
For more information on this bill, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1096
The laws for riding an electric bike vary state by state and sometimes city by city. Our favorite resource for electric bike laws info is this Wikipedia article. It lists the laws of many countries and major cities around the world. You should bookmark that page and refer back to it to stay updated on the changing legal landscape of e-bikes.
If you want to learn more about electric bikes, read our electric bike buyer's guide.
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