E-bike laws and regulation in Rhode Island, 2014

  • Date Enacted: Jan 1, 2014

Summary

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

Is it essentially classified and treated as a bicycle?

 No

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

 Yes

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?

 1491 W (Horsepower expressed in watts)

What is the maximum speed of operation permitted?

 25

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?

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

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

 Yes

Are e-bikes permitted on sidewalks?

 Yes

Citation: R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-1-3; § 31-3-2.2; § 31-19.1.1

Citation: R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-1-3; § 31-3-2.2; § 31-19.1.1
Topics
Modes
Document Types
Partners
Locations
  • Rhode Island, US
Download Supporting Documents

Related Items