West Virginia State Electric Bike Laws

West Virginia State Electric Bike Laws

How does West Virginia define what an electric bike is?

In West Virginia, motorized bicycles and mopeds are defined as motor-driven cycles that have 2 or 3 wheels, pedals to assist with propulsion, a motor that produces no more than 2 brake horsepower, and has a displacement no bigger than 50 CC, have a maximum speed of 30 mph on a level surface; and have an automatic drive system that does not require manual clutching or shifting.

Do you need a license, insurance or registration in West Virginia?

As a “moped,” an e-bike is a form of motor vehicle and is subject to motor vehicle laws including licensing, registration, and insurance.

What are the restrictions on Motor power or throttle in West Virginia?

In West Virginia, motorized bicycles can have a motor that produces no more than 2 brake horsepower, and has a displacement no bigger than 50 CC, have  a maximum speed of 30 mph on a level surface.

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

E-bike riders must be at least 15 years of age.

What are the laws around helmets in West Virginia?

All e-bike riders must wear helmets.

What are the rules for riding on the road in West Virginia?

E-bikes are not allowed on sidewalks. Consult your local authority or agency for information regarding whether e-bikes are permitted on bicycle paths in your area.

What are the rules for riding on the trails in West Virginia?

The West Virginia State Parks and Forest does not currently have a regulation regarding electric bikes.

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Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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

West Virginia Department of Transportation

West Virginia's E-Bikes Laws