Connecticut State Electric Bike Laws

Connecticut State Electric Bike Laws

How does Connecticut define what an electric bike is?

The state of Connecticut (CT) classifies electric bicycles as “motor-driven cycles.” Electric bikes must have a seat height of not less than 26” and a motor with no more than 750W. Electric bikes must be equipped with brakes that cease motor function when brake is applied. Electric bikes may not reach speeds of more than 20mph.

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

Operators of electric bikes must hold a valid driver’s license, no registration is required.

What are the laws around helmets in Connecticut?

Connecticut law requires any person 15 years of age or younger to wear a helmet.

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

Electric bikes are prohibited from sidewalks, limited access highways and turnpikes. If the maximum speed of the roadway is more than the maximum speed of the cycle, the cycle must be operated in the right hand lane or on a usable shoulder.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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.


Connecticut Department of Transportation
Connecticut DOT – Bike Safety Manual