Nebraska State Electric Bike Laws

Nebraska State Electric Bike Laws

How does Nebraska define what an electric bike is?

The state of Nebraska (NE) is a bicycle that is propelled by pedaling or by an electric motor no larger than 750W, having up to one brake horsepower and a maximum speed of 20mph.

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

Electric bicycles are included in the Department of Public Safety's educational programs concerning bicycle safety. However, the state of Nebraska doesn't require licensing or registration for ebikes. 

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

The motor of an electric bike can't be larger than 750w, with a maximum speed of 20 mph. 

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

The state of Nebraska doesn't have age restrictions for riding electric bikes. 

What are the laws around helmets in Nebraska?

The state of Nebraska doesn't have specific regulations around the use of helmets while riding an electric bike. 

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

Electric bicycles may be ridden on roadways, in bicycle lanes and on bicycle paths.

Additional Notes: 

Every bicycle or electric bicycle when in use at night must be equipped with:

  • A lamp on the front which emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front:
  • A red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the Department which must be visible from 50 feet to 300 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle; and
  • Reflective material of a sufficient size and reflectivity to be visible from both sides of the bicycle for 600 feet when directly in front of the lawful lower beams of the headlamps of a motor vehicle, or a lighted lamp visible from both sides from a distance of at least 500 feet.

Additionally, no person operating a bicycle or an electric bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the driver from keeping at least one hand upon the handle bars. 

Finally, an electric bike can't carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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


Nebraska State Legislature 

Nebraska State Electric Bike Laws