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Electric Bike Laws

Electric Bike Laws

Are electric bikes legal in my state?

Electric bike laws are changing all of the time. A lot of that is because ebikes are starting to become more recognized as actual bicycles rather than a motorized vehicle. 

In Michigan, electric bikes are still considered a motorized vehicle. Since that is the case, you'll need to following to legally ride an electric bicycle:

  • Valid driver's license or moped license
  • Department of Transportation approved helmet for riders between 15 and 20-years-old (even though you should always wear a helmet)
  • A top speed of less than 20 miles per hour without pedal assistance

Source: Michigan Legislature

As far as legality goes in other states, it's best to check with your state's Department of Transportation. We'll be happy to muddle through all of those pages to get you the proper information. 

Can I ride an electric bike on trails?

It's a good question to ask. Much like ebike laws, riding on trails is dependent on the state and on the trail. For example, Colorado has allowed ebikes (under some restrictions) to be allowed on mountain biking paths

To be honest, it would probably be best to do your homework on the area in which you're riding.