Utah State Electric Bike Laws

Utah State Electric Bike Laws

How does Utah define what an electric bike is?

The state of Utah (UT) defines electric bikes as a bicycle with an electric motor that has a power output of not more than 750w, fully operable pedals on permanently affixed cranks. It is fully operable as a bicycle without the use of the electric motor; and is one of the following:

  • An electric assisted bicycle equipped with a motor or electronics that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling; and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 mph.
  • An electric assisted bicycle equipped with a motor or electronics that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle; and is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 mph.
  • An electric assisted bicycle equipped with a motor or electronics that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling; ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 mph; and is equipped with a speedometer. 

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

The state of Utah does not have licensing and registration requirements for electric bikes.

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

The state of Utah (UT) defines electric bikes as a bicycle with an electric motor that has a power output of not more than 750w.

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

An individual under 16 years of age may not operate a class 3 electric assisted bicycles.

An individual under 14 years of age may not operate an electric assisted bicycle with the electric motor engaged on any public property, highway, path, or sidewalk unless the individual is under the direct supervision of the individual's parent or guardian.

What are the laws around helmets in Utah?

Helmets are required for bike riders under 18 years old.

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

Electric bikes are allowed on all roadways as far right as practicable except when making a left turn. Electric bikes are allowed on bike paths and trails unless posted otherwise.

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

An individual may operate an electric-assisted bicycle on a path or trail designated for the use of a bicycle.

A local authority or state agency may adopt an ordinance or rule to regulate or restrict the use of an electric assisted bicycle, or a specific classification of an electric assisted bicycle, on a sidewalk, path, or trail within the jurisdiction of the local authority or state agency.

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. Electric bikes are prohibited on sidewalks.

Source:

Bike Utah
Utah Public Safety