Florida State Electric Bike Laws

Florida State Electric Bike Laws

How does Florida define what an electric bike is?

The state of Florida (FL) defines electric bicycles as a bicycle or a tricycle equipped with with fully operable pedals, a seat or saddle for the use of the rider, and an electric motor of less than 750 watts. Electric bikes are categorized into 3 categories: 

  • Class 1 is for the ones equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and it stops when the electric bicycle reaches the speed of 20 mph.
  • Class 2 is for those equipped with a motor that can power up the bike event when the rider isn't pedaling and it ceases to provide assistance when the electric bicycle reaches the speed of 20 mph.
  • Class 3 applies to those bikes equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and it stops when the electric bicycle reaches the speed of 28 mph.

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

Electric bikes do not need to be licensed or registered. Operators of electric bikes must be at least 16 years old.

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

An electric bike motor can't exceed 750w. 

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

You need to be older than 16 years old to ride an electric bike in the state of Florida.

What are the laws around helmets in Florida?

Florida state law requires persons under the age of 16 to wear a helmet.

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

Electric bikes are allowed on roadways in the right lane, bike paths and trails and on sidewalks where pedestrians are present.

What are the rules for riding on the trails in Florida? 

Electric bicycles are regulated by local government in terms of their use on bicycle path, multiuse path, or trail network.

Additional notes: 

  • You can't tamper with or modify an electric bicycle to change the motor-powered speed capability or engagement of an electric bicycle, unless the label indicating the classification number is replaced after such modification.

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Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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

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