California Electric Bike Laws

Get Informed About State e-Bike Laws

Electric bikes are exploding in the state of California. A wide range of prices, styles, and features, plus an expanding network of bike infrastructure, are creating the perfect conditions for an e-bike boom. With this growing population of electric bikes on roads, paths, and trails, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the rules specific to California.

E-Bike Regulations

Get back in the e-bike saddle

In California, electric bikes are regulated like regular bicycles. The same rules of the road apply to both e-bikes and human-powered bicycles.

E-Bike Requirements

You can leave your car

E-bikes are not subject to the registration, licensing, or insurance requirements that apply to motor vehicles in California.

E-Bike Classes

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California designates three classes of e-bikes: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. For more on e-bike classes, check out our blog post

Class 3 Electric Bike Laws

Class 3 Electric Bike Laws

Helmets are required for riders of Class 3 e-bikes in California. Riders under 16 years of age may not ride a Class 3 e-bike (unless as a passenger). There are certain access restrictions for Class 3 e-bike riders, for example, Class 3 bikes are typically not permitted on multi-use paths.

E-Bikes & Local Laws

E-Bikes & Local Laws

Local governments have the authority to restrict the use of e-bikes under motor power on bike paths. When in doubt, check with your California town, city, or county for local rules and regulations.

E-Bikes Laws For Trails

E-Bikes Laws For Trails

California State Parks is currently developing an e-bike policy on a park by park basis. Class 1 and 2 e-bikes are currently allowed in Chino Hills State Park, Wilder Ranch State Park, Folsom, and Auburn State Recreation Areas. Contact California State Parks for more information.