California Electric Bike Laws

Get Informed About State eBike 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 ebike 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.

eBike Regulations

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

eBike Requirements

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According to California vehicle code, ebikes are not subject to the registration, licensing, or insurance requirements that apply to motor vehicles.

eBike Classes

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California designates three classes of ebikes: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3, based on the top speed a bike can reach with a motor.

Class 3 Electric Bike Laws

Class 3 Electric Bike Laws

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

eBikes & Local Laws

eBikes & Local Laws

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

eBikes Laws For Trails

eBikes Laws For Trails

California State Parks is currently developing an ebike policy on a park by park basis. Class 1 and 2 ebikes 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. 

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