How does South Dakota define what an electric bike is?
The state of South Dakota defines ebikes as an electric assisted bicycle or a tricycle that is equipped with a seat or saddle, with operable pedals for propulsion, and with an electric motor of less than 750w. Electric bikes are classified as:
- Class 1: eBikes equipped with a pedal-assist only motor which stops when the bike reaches 20 mph.
- Class 2: Electric bikes equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle and stop when the bike reaches the speed of 20 mph.
- Class 3: Electric bicycles equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and stops when the rider stops pedaling or when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 mph.
Do you need a license, insurance or registration in South Dakota?
The state of South Dakota does not have licensing and registration requirements for electric bikes.
What are the restrictions on Motor power or throttle in South Dakota?
The state of South Dakota determines that e-bikes must have a motor of less than 750w.
Are there any age restrictions to riding an electric bike in South Dakota?
To operate a Class III electric bicycle in this state, a person shall be at least 16 of age.
What are the laws around helmets in South Dakota?
Any person who is less than 18 years of age and riding a Class III electric bicycle and any person who is a passenger on a Class III electric bicycle, regardless of age, shall wear a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet.
What are the rules for riding on the road in South Dakota?
Unless otherwise prohibited by a governmental entity having jurisdiction, a person can ride a Class I or Class II electric bicycle on any bicycle path or multi-use path in this state. Class III electric bicycles are not allowed on bicycle paths or multi-use paths.
What are the rules for riding on the trails in South Dakota?
A person can ride a Class III electric bicycle on a trail that has been designated as non-motorized, if the trail was constructed only by clearing or grading the native soil and without the installation or placement of any additional surface material and if the governmental entity responsible for the trail has not prohibited it.
An electric bicycle should be equipped so that the electric motor is disengaged or ceases to function when the person stops pedaling or when the brakes are applied.
Class III electric bicycle should have a functioning speedometer.
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. Electric bikes are prohibited on sidewalks.