How does Illinois define what an electric bike is?

The state of Illinois requires electric bikes to not exceed 20 MPH.

Do you need a license, insurance or registration in Illinois?

Illinois law does not require licensing or registration of electric bikes.

What are the laws around helmets in Illinois?

Illinois does not have any helmet laws.

What are the rules for riding on the road in Illinois?

Electric bikes are prohibited from sidewalks. Electric bikes may use marked bike paths and lanes. Electric bikes may use the right lane in roadways.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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


Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)