How does New York State define Electric Bikes

A bicycle with electric assist from a motor less than 750 watts

Are there any restrictions on Electric Bikes with Throttles in New York?

Bicycle with electric assist. A bicycle which is no more than thirty-six inches wide and has an electric motor of less than seven hundred fifty watts, equipped with operable pedals, meeting the equipment and manufacturing requirements for bicycles adopted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission under 16 C.F.R. Part 1512.1 et seq. and meets the requirements of one of the following three classes:

(a) ""Class one bicycle with electric assist."" A bicycle with electric assist having an electric motor that provides assistance only when the person operating such bicycle is pedalling, and that ceases to provide assistance when such bicycle reaches a speed of twenty miles per hour.

(b) "Class two bicycle with electric assist." A bicycle with electric assist having an electric motor that may be used exclusively to propel such a bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when such bicycle reaches a speed of twenty miles per hour.

(c) "Class three bicycle with electric assist."" Solely within a city having a population of one million or more, a bicycle with electric assist having an electric motor that may be used exclusively to propel such bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when such bicycle reaches a speed of twenty-five miles per hour.

No person shall operate a class one or class two bicycle with an electric assist in excess of twenty miles per hour. No person shall operate a class three bicycle with an electric assist in excess of twenty-five miles per hour.

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

The state of New York does not allow registration of electric bikes.

What are the laws around helmets in New York?

Helmets are required for all riders on any motorized device or vehicle.

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

Electric bicycles may not be ridden on any street, highway, parking lot, sidewalk or other in New York State that allows public motor traffic.

Disclaimer:

Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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

Sources:

New York Department of Motor Vehicles