Wisconsin State Electric Bike Laws

Wisconsin State Electric Bike Laws

How does Wisconsin define what an electric bike is?

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

Wisconsin designates three classes of electric bikes.

Class 1: Bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the ebike reaches 20 mph.

Class 2: Bicycle equipped with a throttle-actuated motor, that ceases to provide assistance when the ebike reaches 20 mph.

Class 3 : Bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the e-bike reaches 28 mph.

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

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

 

What are the restrictions on motor power & throttles in Wisconsin.

Motor power can't exceed 750w. Local governments have the authority to restrict the use of e-bikes under motor power on bike paths. When in doubt, check with your town, city, or county for local rules and regulations. 

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

Ebike riders under16 years of age may not operate a class ebike.

What are the laws around helmets in Wisconsin?

Helmets are not required for riders.

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

Electric bicycles are permitted on all roadways and roadway bike lanes. Electric bikes are not permitted on any sidewalks. Local governments have the authority to restrict the use of e-bikes under motor power on bike paths. When in doubt, check with your town, city, or county for local rules and regulations. 

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

The Wisconsin Bureau of Parks and Recreation states that e-bikes are allowed on touring trails but not mountain bike trails. E-bikes can go anywhere a bike is allowed if the motor is not turned on. Contact the bureau for the most up to date information.

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Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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

City of Madison Traffic Engineering
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 

Wisconsin's E-Bikes Laws