Arkansas State Electric Bike Laws

Arkansas State Electric Bike Laws

How does Arkansas define what an electric bike is?

Arkansas designates three classes of e-bikes:

Class 1: Bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the e-bike reaches 20 mph.

Class 2: Bicycle equipped with a throttle-actuated motor, that ceases to provide assistance when the e-bike reaches 20 mph.

Class 3 : Bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the e-bike reaches 28 mph.

Do you need a license, insurance or registration in Arkansas?

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

What are the restrictions on Motor power or throttle in Arkansas?

There are no power or throttle restrictions. 

Are there any age restrictions to riding an electric bike in Arkansas?

Persons under 16 years of age may not ride a Class 3 e-bike. There are certain access restrictions for Class 3 e-bike riders. 

What are the laws around helmets in Arkansas?

Helmets are required for riders of Class 3 e-bikes under 21 years of age.

What are the rules for riding on the road in Arkansas?

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

Additional notes:

Local governments have the authority to restrict the use of e-bikes under motor power on bike paths. When in doubt, check with your town, city, or county for local rules and regulations

Disclaimer:

Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable. EVELO strongly encourages checking with City, County, State and other local agencies for the most recent laws governing the proper, legal use of electric bicycles in your area.

Sources:

https://visforvoltage.org/book-page/ev-collaborative-hand-books/1080-electric-bicycle-laws