Electric Bike Basics

The Legality of Electric Bikes: Navigating the Rules of the Road

July 3, 2023

Are you considering hopping on the electric bike trend? Before you take off on your Pedego Electric Bike adventure, it’s important to understand the rules and regulations surrounding ebikes in the United States. Each state has its own set of laws governing these innovative rides, from speed limits to classifications and age requirements. In this blog post, we’ll help you have a smooth and enjoyable ride wherever you go.

Federal Level: Setting the Baseline

Let’s start with the basics. According to federal law, an ebike is defined as “a two-or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts that provides propulsion assistance.” The maximum speed allowed for a throttle-assist ebike, which is powered solely by the motor, is less than 20 mph on a paved surface. However, federal regulations leave much of the governance to individual states, allowing them to set their own rules. And, even though this article will focus on state and federal regulations, please remember that cities and counties may also have their own laws, so always check those websites, too, before you ride.

Pedego’s Electric Bikes comply with federal regulations, offering a range of e-bikes that fall within the prescribed parameters. Whether you prefer a Class I, Class II, or Class III electric bike, you’ll find the perfect Pedego model to suit your needs.

State Level: The Patchwork of Regulations

State legislation plays a crucial role in defining the specifics of ebike regulations. Each state has the authority to regulate electric bike use and establish additional laws, such as requiring a license and registration, based on a bike’s classification. The good news is that many states have enshrined their regulations in the legislature, ensuring riders have a clear understanding of the rules. You can access the rules specific to your state here

A couple walking through the woods over a bridge with their Pedego Interceptor Electric Bikes.
Don’t compromise on safety with Pedego Electric Bikes

E-Bike Classes: Understanding the Differences

When it comes to electric bikes, there are three distinct classes: Class I, Class II, and Class III, and different laws apply to each. Let’s take a closer look at each:

Exploring Class I Electric Bikes: Enhance Your Riding Experience with Pedego’s Mountain Trail-Ready E-Bike 

These bikes provide assistance as you pedal, making your ride smoother and more enjoyable. Class I electric bikes have a top speed of 20 mph and are legal on most bike paths and lanes. Pedego has one class 1 e-bike made for mountain trails.

Pedego Elevate - Class 1 Electric Bike
Pedego Elevate – Class 1 Electric Bike

Unlocking Convenience and Flexibility with Pedego’s Class II Electric Bikes: 

Embrace Effortless Mobility or Pedal-Powered Freedom With a Class II electric bike, you have the option to engage the throttle and enjoy electric-powered movement without pedaling. These bikes also have a top speed of 20 mph and are generally allowed on roads and bike lanes. Pedego’s Class II ebikes offer the best of both worlds, allowing you to pedal or use the throttle as you please. All of Pedego’s ebikes are Class 2, except for the Elevate.

Pedego Avenue - Class 2 Electric Bike
Pedego Avenue – Class 2 Electric Bike

Unleash Speed and Thrills with Pedego’s Class III Electric Bikes: 

Upgrade Your Ride for Exhilarating Adventures Class III electric bikes provide pedal assistance up to 28 mph, offering a thrilling ride for speed enthusiasts. However, their use is limited to road lanes and on-road bike lanes. Pedego offers Class III electric bike upgrades on certain models for those seeking a little extra speed and excitement on their rides. Remember to check your state’s regulations as not all states allow the use of Class III ebikes. Some of Pedego’s Class 2 ebikes offer an optional Class 3 upgrade. 

Pedego 26” Trail Tracker - Available for a class 3 upgrade
Pedego 26” Trail Tracker – Available for a class 3 upgrade

Personalized Guidance and Expertise: Local Pedego Dealers Assist You in Making an Informed Choice

Now that you understand the legalities and classifications, it’s time to find your perfect Pedego Electric Bike! Pedego has a network of authorized dealers across the country who are ready to assist you. Your local dealer will provide you with personalized guidance, answer any questions you may have, and ensure you make an informed choice.

When visiting your local Pedego dealer, don’t hesitate to ask them about any specific regulations in your area. They can provide valuable insights. Whether you’re curious about speed limits, bike path restrictions, or age requirements, your Pedego dealer is there to assist you every step of the way.

Remember, it’s essential to stay up-to-date with any changes in e-bike laws and regulations. Rules surrounding e-bikes can evolve, and it’s crucial to stay informed to ensure a safe and legal riding experience. By regularly checking your state’s news on e-bikes and staying connected with Pedego and PeopleForBikes, you can stay ahead of any modifications or updates.
PeopleForBikes have been actively promoting bicycles in transportation, mobility, and recreation decisions since 1999. Their proactive approach focuses on prioritizing bikes as a real solution to improve Americans’ health, connect communities, boost local economies, strengthen the nation, and protect the environment. They work with federal, state, and local officials to make biking better for everyone by advocating for policies, infrastructure, and opportunities that support bicycling as a mode of transportation and recreation.

Elevate your ride with Pedego Electric Bikes
Elevate your ride with Pedego Electric Bikes

Explore New Horizons with Pedego Electric Bikes – and Ride Responsibly

Pedego Electric Bikes takes pride in providing ebikes that meet regulatory standards, ensuring you can ride confidently and responsibly. Our commitment to safety and compliance allows you to focus on the joy of riding and exploring new horizons. Make sure you stay safe and always wear a helmet. Pedego strongly recommends wearing a helmet when riding a bike – not only do we endorse this, but also regulations around this topic are increasing.

So, get ready to embark on thrilling adventures and eco-friendly journeys with your very own Pedego Electric Bike. Visit your local dealer, explore the diverse range of ebikes available, and feel free to ask any questions you may have. With the right knowledge and the perfect Pedego companion, you’ll be riding with confidence and discovering new horizons in no time!