Pennsylvania State Electric Bike Laws

Pennsylvania State Electric Bike Laws

How does Pennsylvania define what an electric bike is?

Ebikes are defined as “pedalcycles with electric assist,” so long
as the ebike’s motor is under 750w, has a maximum speed of
20mph on a level surface when powered by the motor source only,
weighs no more than 100 lbs. and has operable pedals.

The same rules of the road apply to both ebikes and human-powered bicycles.

Ebikes are not subject to the registration, licensing or insurance
requirements that apply to motor vehicles.

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

The state of Pennsylvania does not require license or registration.

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

The motor of an e-bike can't exceed 750w and must have operable pedals.

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

The rider of an electric bike must be at least 16 years old. 

What are the laws around helmets in Pennsylvania?

Helmets are not required but the age minimum for ebike use is 16 years.

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

Ebikes are allowed on sidewalks but restrictions may apply. When in doubt, check for local rules and regulations.

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

On federal, state, county and local trails, e-mountain bike (eMTB) access varies significantly. Generally, any natural surface trail that is designated as open to both motorized and non-motorized uses is also open to eMTBs. eMTBs may not be allowed on trails managed for non-motorized activities.

Do not ride your eMTB in areas where the local rules are unclear.

Ride legally and only on authorized trails to show that mountain bikers are responsible trail users.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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