Georgia State Electric Bike Laws

Georgia State Electric Bike Laws

How does Georgia define what an electric bike is?

The state of Georgia 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 Georgia?

Georgia law does not require licensing or registration of electric bikes.

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

The power output of the motor of an electric bike can't exceed 750w. 

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

You need to be older than 15 to ride a class 3 electric bike. 

What are the laws around helmets in Georgia?

You must wear a helmet to ride a class 3 electric bike. 

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

Electric bikes are allowed to ride in the road, but must be as far right as practical or on a finished shoulder. Electric bikes are allowed on all marked bike paths.

Under Georgia law, local ordinances may restrict where electric bikes may be used.

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

E-bikes that can reach over 20 mph are not allowed on bicycle trails. 

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Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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

Source:

Georgia Highway Safety – Bike Pedestrian Safety

GA - Official Code of Georgia Annotated