Pennsylvania State Electric Bike Laws

Pennsylvania State Electric Bike Laws

How does Pennsylvania define what an electric bike is?

According to the state of Pennsylvania, an electric bike is defined as a motor-driven cycle equipped with operable pedals, a motor rated no more than 1.5 brake horsepower, a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50 cc, an automatic transmission, and a maximum design speed of no more than 25 mph, or an electric motor-driven cycle equipped with operable pedals and powered by an electric battery or battery pack powered electric motor with a max design speed of no more than 25 mph. The motor can't exceed 750w.


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 ebike can't exceed 750w. 

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 e-bike use is 16 years.

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

E-bikes are allowed on sidewalks but it is unclear whether they are allowed on bike paths, and restrictions may apply in the event that e-bikes are allowed on sidewalks.

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

According to the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, e-bikes are permitted in Pennsylvania state parks and state forests where bicycles are permitted. Contact the department for the most up to date information.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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


Pennsylvania State Department of Motor Vehicles