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. E-bikes are classified as “motor bicycles,” and are regulated like bicycles, so long as the bicycle’s motor has a maximum power output of 750w, has pedals that propel the bike with human power and the bike doesn’t exceed 20mph.

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

The state of Wisconsin requires registration of electric bikes and you must obtain a certificate of title. Riders must possess a valid driver’s license, operators license or instructional permit.

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

For an electric bike to be considered a moped and not a motorcycle, its electric motor can't exceed 750w.

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

E-bike riders must be at least 16 years of age.

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.

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

The Wisconsin Bureau of Parks and Recreation does not currently have a policy around electric bikes. 


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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

Wisconsin's E-Bikes Laws