New York State Electric Bike Laws

New York State Electric Bike Laws, Definition & Legal Operation

Definition of Electric Bike:

The state of New York (NY) defines an electric bike as a bike with a small motor attached.

Licensing and Registration:

The state of New York does not allow registration of electric bikes.

Helmet Law:

Helmets are required for all riders on any motorized device or vehicle.

Where to Ride:

Bicycle with electric assist - multiple classes of bicycle with an electric motor and operable pedals. 2 A bicycle with electric assist doesn’t qualify for a registration as a motorcycle, limited use motorcycle, moped or ATV and doesn’t have the same equipment. You can operate an electric scooter or bicycle with electric assist on some streets and highways in New York State: you can operate these devices on highways with a posted speed limit of 30 MPH or less municipalities can further regulate the time, place and manner of operation of these devices you cannot operate these devices on a sidewalk except as authorized by local law or ordinance.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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: Wondering where to go next?