Indiana State Electric Bike Laws

Indiana State Electric Bike Laws

How does Indiana define what an electric bike is?

The state of Indiana defines ebikes as an electric assisted bicycle equipped with a motor of 750w or less. Electric bikes are classified as:

  • Class 1: eBikes equipped with a pedal-assist only motor which stops when the bike reaches 20 mph.
  • Class 2: Electric bikes equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle and stop when the bike reaches the speed of 20 mph.
  • Class 3: Electric bicycles equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and stops when the rider stops pedaling or when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 mph.

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

The state of Indiana does not have any licensing or registration requirements for electric bikes.

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

The state of Indiana determines that ebikes must have a motor of 750w or less.

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

A person less than 15 years can't personally ride a Class 3 electric bicycle, but they can ride as passenger if the ebike can accommodate one. 

What are the laws around helmets in Indiana?

Any person under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.

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

Electric bicycles may ride on any roadway except those that are posted to not allow bicycles.

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

Electric bicycles may be ridden on bike paths and in state parks unless an exception is posted. Class 3 e-bikes are not allowed on a bicycle path or multi-use path unless it is within or adjacent to a highway or roadway, or they are specifically allowed by the local authority or state agency with jurisdiction.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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