🇺🇸Ebike Laws Idaho: A Complete Guide
Summary of the e-bike laws in Idaho:
- E-bikes are defined as bicycles with a motor that provides assistance up to 20 mph.
- E-bikes are allowed on roads, bike lanes, and multi-use paths.
- E-bikes are not allowed on sidewalks unless they are specifically designated for e-bikes.
- E-bikes are not allowed on limited access highways.
- Riders of e-bikes must be at least 16 years old.
- Riders of e-bikes under the age of 16 must wear a helmet.
- E-bikes must have a bell or other audible device.
- E-bikes must have a headlight and taillight that are visible from at least 500 feet.
- E-bikes must have brakes that can stop the bike within 25 feet.
- E-bikes are not subject to the registration, licensing or insurance requirements that apply to motor vehicles.
- Obey all traffic laws, including the speed limit.
- Yield to pedestrians and other vehicles.
- Be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to stop suddenly.
- Don’t ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The state of Idaho defines ebikes as an electric assisted bicycle equipped with a motor of less than 750w. Electric bikes are classified as:
- Class 1: eBikes equipped with a pedal-assist only motor which stops when the bike reaches 20 mph.
- Class 2: Electric bikes equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle and stop when the bike reaches the speed of 20 mph.
- Class 3: Electric bicycles equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and stops when the rider stops pedaling or when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 mph.
The state of Idaho does not have licensing and registration requirements for electric bikes.
The state of Idaho determines that ebikes must have a motor of less than 750w.
No person under the age of 15 years can operate a class 3 electric bike, unless they are riding as a passenger.
Helmets are required for bike riders under 18 years old.
Electric bikes are allowed on all roadways as far right as practicable except when making a left turn. Electric bikes are allowed on bike paths and trails.
- A person shall not tamper with or modify an electric bike in a manner that allows the motor to provide assistance above the speed that relates to their original classification.
Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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.