🇺🇸Ebike Laws Iowa State: A Complete Guide


Brief summary of the e-bike laws in Iowa State:

  • 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 14 years old.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind when riding an e-bike in Iowa State:
  • 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 Iowa defines an electric bike as any device that has a saddle and fully operational pedals and an electric motor of less than 750W. The maximum allowed speed on a flat, level surface when powered solely by the motor is 20mph. 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.

Iowa law does not require licensing or registration of electric bikes.

The state of Iowa determines that ebikes must have a motor of less than 750w.

No person under the age of 16 years can operate a class 3 electric bike, unless they are riding as a passenger.

Iowa does not have any helmet laws.

Electric bikes may use roadways, bike lanes and bike paths.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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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