Minnesota State Electric Bike Laws

Minnesota State Electric Bike Laws, Definition & Legal Operation

Definition of Electric Bike:

The state of Minnesota (MN) classifies electric bikes as a subset of bicycles. Electric bikes must have a saddle and operational pedals. The electric motor may not exceed 1000W and the motor must disengage when the brake is applied. The maximum speed is 20mph whether assisted by human power or not. If electric bike is operated during night hours it must be equipped with front white and rear red flashing lamps.

Licensing and Registration:

Minnesota law does not require licensing or registration of electric bikes. Persons aged 15 years and older may operate an electric bike.

Helmet Law:

Minnesota does require helmets for electric bikes.

Where to Ride:

Electric bikes maybe used on road shoulders, bicycle trails, bicycle paths and in bicycle lanes. Paths maintained by the Department of Natural Resources is authorized to restrict electric bike use. Disclaimer: Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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. Source: Minnesota DOT Bike and Pedestrian Safety Minnesota Safety Council Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota Wondering where to go next?