Wisconsin State Electric Bike Laws

Wisconsin State Electric Bike Laws

How does Wisconsin define what an electric bike is?

The state of Wisconsin (WI) defines electric bikes as a bicycle with a motor attached. It must have pedals that are operational, an electric motor that is less than 750w and have a maximum speed of 20mph on level ground.

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

The state of Wisconsin does not require registration. Riders must possess a valid driver’s license, operators license or instructional permit.

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 allowed on bike paths and shared-use paths only when the motor is not in use (must be propelled by human power only). Electric bikes are not permitted on any sidewalks.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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


City of Madison Traffic Engineering
Wisconsin Department of Transportation