Kentucky State Electric Bike Laws

Kentucky State Electric Bike Laws

How does Kentucky define what an electric bike is?

In Kentucky, an e-bike is defined as “bicycle,” so long as the e-bike has operable pedals and can be operated under combined human and motor power. The same rules of the road apply to both e-bikes and human-powered bicycles.

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

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 Kentucky?

An electric bike may or may not have have pedals, may not exceed 50 cc and does not require clutching by the operator and may not exceed 30mph.

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

There is no age minimum for e-bike use.

What are the laws around helmets in Kentucky?

Helmets are not required.

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

Electric bikes must be operated on the roadways where the posted speed limit is less than the maximum output of the motorized device. E-bikes are allowed on sidewalks and bike paths


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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


Kentucky State Legislature
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Kentucky State Electric Bike Laws