Ohio State Electric Bike Laws

Ohio State Electric Bike Laws

How does Ohio define what an electric bike is?

According to the state of Ohio, electric bicycles are defined as vehicles with a power output no greater than 745w, a maximum speed of 20mph, and with fully operable pedals.

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

E-bikes are defined as a “motorized bicycles,” and are subject to the registration, licensing, and insurance requirements that apply to motor vehicles. However, Ohio’s Department of Motor Vehicles does not recognize e-bikes as vehicles with these requirements and has no system for supplying registration and licensing. Therefore, riding an electric bicycle in Ohio is illegal.

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

Electric bicycles are defined as vehicles with a power output no greater than 745w, and a maximum speed of 20mph.

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

Helmets are not required for those over 14 years, and the age minimum for motorized bicycle use in general is 14 years

What are the laws around helmets in Ohio?

Helmets are not required for those over 14 years, and the age minimum for motorized bicycle use in general is 14 years

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

Motorized bicycles are not allowed on sidewalks and it is unclear whether they are allowed on bike paths. However, these restrictions are inapplicable to electric bicycles, since they fall outside of Ohio’s definition of a motorized bicycle.

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Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Ohio's E-Bike Laws