New York Electric Bike Laws

Get Informed About State eBike Laws

New York's ebike laws are designed to address the growing popularity of electric bicycles and ensure their safe integration into the state's transportation system. New York City has legalized Class 1 and Class 2 ebikes, which have pedal-assist and a maximum speed of 20 mph. However, Class 3 ebikes, which can reach higher speeds but still require pedaling, are not yet permitted in the city. It's essential for riders to wear helmets while operating ebikes and follow traffic rules just like traditional bicycles. These regulations aim to promote sustainable and efficient transportation while prioritizing safety for both riders and pedestrians on the busy streets of New York. 

E-Bike Rules of the Road

Get back in the e-bike saddle

In New York State, Class 1 and Class 2 ebikes are allowed. Class 1 ebikes are equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and the motor stops when the bike reaches 20 mph. Class 2 ebikes have a throttle that can propel the bike without pedaling, also limited to a maximum speed of 20 mph.

E-Bike Requirements

You can leave your car

There’s no need to get a license to use an electric bike in New York City (this is unique from mopeds, which require one). You also don’t have to register your e-bike with the local DMV or get insurance (but e-bike insurance is a good idea).


Helmets & Age Restrictions

Discover more about our e-bikes

New York City requires helmets for all “working cyclists” aged 16 and 17 (such as delivery drivers) when riding Class 1 or Class 2 e-bikes. Helmets are also required for all Class 3 e-bike riders, regardless of age. 


Local Laws

Local Laws

Consult your local land management agency in New York for e-bike laws for riding on trails. 



The New York State Office of Parks, Recreations & Historic Preservation
classifies e-bikes as motorized vehicles and provides ebikes access on motorized
trails. eMTBs are not allowed on motorized trails.



New York has very little federally managed public lands, but on
federal lands managed for recreation, eMTBs are considered motorized and
have access to motorized trails.