10 E-bike Laws

While categorizing all electric bikes into neat subcultures might seem like an impossible task, American lawmakers have already done the work for us, and it is a pretty logical division of power, so to speak. We broke down basic e-bike laws for you, so you can ride in the right.

Cyclist riding in bike lane
Where pedal-assisted bicycles fit into the rules of the road (and trail)


Lawmakers have drawn the line between electric motorcycles and power-assisted bicycles by comparing one component—where you put your feet. On a motorcycle, this component is called a “footpeg,” and on a power-assisted bicycle, it is called a “pedal.” Footpegs equal a motorcycle; pedals equal a bicycle.

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