As electric bicycles (e-bikes) continue to grow in popularity, it's essential for riders to stay informed about the laws and regulations governing their use in each state.
This comprehensive guide provides all the necessary information regarding e-bike laws, classifications, and safety requirements specific to Missouri. Use this as a reference to ensure a safe and legal riding experience in the The Show-Me State.
In Missouri, eBikes are classified into three categories:
Class 1: Pedal-assist e-bikes with a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph. The motor only provides assistance when the rider is pedaling.
Class 2: Throttle-assisted electric bikes with a maximum speed of 20 mph. The motor can be engaged without pedaling.
Class 3: Pedal-assist e-bikes with a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph. The motor only provides assistance when the rider is pedaling.
Helmet Requirements: Helmets are required for ebike riders.
Age Restrictions: A person who is less than 16 years of age may ride as a passenger on a Class 3 electric bicycle that is designed to accommodate passengers.
Licensing, Registration, and Insurance: Electric bike riders do not need a driver's license, registration, or insurance.
Bike Lanes and Paths: Electric bicycles are regulated like bicycles. The same rules of the road apply to both electric bicycles and human-powered bicycles. All classes of electric bicycles may be ride on bicycle or multi-use paths where bicycles are permitted. Local governments have the authority to restrict the use of electric bicycles on a bicycle path or multi-use path.
Roads and Streets: Electric bicycles are allowed on roadways where the posted speed limit is slower than the device's traveling speed. Riders are required to stay as far right as possible, except when making a left turn. Electric bicycle riders are permitted to ride side by side if it does not hinder other vehicles.
Sidewalks: You cannot operate an e-bike on any sidewalk in Missouri.
Parks and Public Spaces: In Missouri State Parks allows Class 1 and 2 electric bicycles allowed for individuals who need accessibility assistance. Contact the department for the most up to date information.
Labelling: E-bikes must have a label specifying affixed to the electric bicycle in a prominent location, specifing the classification number, top assisted speed, and motor wattage of the electric bicycle.
In addition to statewide laws and regulations, some cities and municipalities within Missouri may have their own e-bike laws and restrictions. Be sure to familiarize yourself with any local ordinances that may apply to your specific location.
Staying informed about Missouri’s e-bike laws and regulations is crucial for ensuring a safe and enjoyable riding experience. Use this guide as a reference, and always comply with state and local laws to ride legally and responsibly. Happy e-biking in Missouri!
This article is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. While we strive for accuracy, we cannot guarantee that the information is up-to-date or error-free. Laws and regulations may change, and local jurisdictions may enforce additional requirements. Consult local authorities or seek professional legal advice to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. The author and publisher disclaim any liability for losses or damages resulting from the use of, or reliance upon, the information in this article. Source: People For Bikes; MO Reviser
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