E-bike laws and regulation in Illinois, 2014

  • Date Enacted: Jan 1, 2014

Summary

Laws and regulations relevant to e-bikes in Illinois, 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?

 750 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?

Yes 

Is a helmet required for operating an e-bike?

 No (Age requirement; those under a certain age are required to wear a helmet)

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

 —

Are e-bikes permitted on sidewalks?

 No 

Citation: 625 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/1-140.10; 625 ILCS 5/11-1516

Citation: 625 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/1-140.10; 625 ILCS 5/11-1516
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