🇺🇸Pennsylvania State Electric Bike Laws

Come on. Start your cycling journey. Before your ride, please read this post about Pennsylvania State Electric Bike Laws before your ride.

E-bikes are defined as “pedalcycles with electric assist,” so long
as the e-bike’s motor is under 750w, has a maximum speed of
20mph on a level surface when powered by the motor source only,
weighs no more than 100 lbs and has operable pedals.

The same rules of the road apply to both e-bikes and human-powered bicycles.

E-bikes are not subject to the registration, licensing or insurance
requirements that apply to motor vehicles.

The state of Pennsylvania does not require license or registration.

The motor of an e-bike can’t exceed 750w and must have operable pedals.

The rider of an electric bike must be at least 16 years old.

Helmets are not required but the age minimum for e-bike use is 16 years.

E-bikes are allowed on sidewalks but restrictions may apply. When in doubt, check for local rules and regulations.

On federal, state, county and local trails, e-mountain bike (eMTB) access varies significantly. Generally, any natural surface trail that is designated as open to both motorized and non-motorized uses is also open to eMTBs. eMTBs may not be allowed on trails managed for non-motorized activities.

Do not ride your eMTB in areas where the local rules are unclear.

Ride legally and only on authorized trails to show that mountain bikers are responsible trail users.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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