E-bike laws and regulation in Washington, 2014

  • Date Enacted: Jan 1, 2014

Summary

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

 No

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

 Yes

Are e-bikes permitted on sidewalks?

 No

Citation: Wash. Rev. Code § 46 4-169; § 46 61-710; § 46 4-320; § 46 37-530; § 46 16A-080; § 46 20-500

Citation: Wash. Rev. Code § 46 4-169; § 46 61-710; § 46 4-320; § 46 37-530; § 46 16A-080; § 46 20-500
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