E-bike laws and regulation in California, 2014

  • Date Enacted: Jan 1, 2014

Summary

Laws and regulations relevant to e-bikes in California, see the summary table below:

Is it essentially classified and treated as a bicycle?

 Yes

Is a driver’s license required to operate an e-bike?

 No

Is the e-bike required to be registered with the state?

 No

What is the minimum age of operation of an e-bike?

 16

What is the maximum power output permitted?

 1000 W

What is the maximum speed of operation permitted?

 20

Are fully functional pedals required for operation?

 Yes

Is the state definition in line with the federal definition?

 No

Is a helmet required for operating an e-bike?

 Yes

Are e-bikes permitted on shared-use paths and trails?

 No

Are e-bikes permitted on sidewalks?

 Yes

Citation: Cal. Veh. Code. § 100-680-406; 21207.5 & 21209; 24016; 21212

Citation: Citation: Cal. Veh. Code. § 100-680-406; 21207.5 & 21209; 24016; 21212
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