ūüáļūüáłEbike Laws Delaware: A Complete Guide


Brief summary of the e-bike laws in Delaware:

  • E-bikes are defined as bicycles with a motor that provides assistance up to 20 mph.
  • E-bikes are subject to the same laws as bicycles, except for the following:
    • E-bikes do not require registration or insurance.
    • E-bikes can be ridden on any road or path where bicycles are allowed.
    • E-bikes can be ridden on sidewalks in some cities and towns.
    • E-bikes cannot be ridden on interstate highways.
    • E-bike riders must be at least 16 years old.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind when riding an e-bike in Delaware:
  • E-bikes must have a headlight and taillight that are visible from 500 feet in front and behind.
  • E-bikes must have a bell or horn.
  • E-bike riders must wear a helmet if they are under the age of 16.
  • E-bike riders must obey all traffic laws.


The state of Delaware (DE) defines electric bikes as two or three wheeled vehicles with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750w who maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such motor while ridden by an operator who weight 170 pounds, is less than 20mph.

The state of Delaware does not have any licensing or registration requirements for electric bikes.

The motor of an electric motor can’t exceed 750 watts (1 horsepower), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph.

The state of Delaware doesn’t specified any age restriction to riding an electric bike.¬†

Any person under the age of 16 must wear a helmet.

Electric bicycles may ride on any roadway except those that are posted to not allow bicycles. Electric bicycles may be ridden on bike paths and in state parks unless an exception is posted.

Additional notes:

  • Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall needs to have a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front.
  • Every bicycle needs to have a red reflector of a type approved by the Department which shall be visible for 600 feet to the rear.
  • Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall¬†need to have reflective material of sufficient size and reflectivity to be visible from both sides for 600 feet.
  • A bicycle or its rider¬†should have lights or reflectors.
  • Every bicycle¬†needs to have¬†a brake or brakes which will enable its driver to stop the bicycle within 25 feet from a speed of 10¬†mph on dry, level, clean pavement.
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Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable. TOMEBIKE 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.



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