If you're thinking about getting an electric bike, then you might want to check out the laws in Illinois.

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I'm up early and on the road for work. I've witnessed some pretty bizarre things through the years. This summer something interesting caught my eye. Each morning I saw a guy cruising down the road on an electric bike. Is that a "thing" now?

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Riding Electric Bikes Is A Popular Trend In Illinois

I don't know about you but I've actually been seeing a lot more electric bikes on the road lately. Each time I pass one up I think to myself, "are these things street legal?" I'm assuming they are since there are many places where you can rent or buy them. So what are the laws in Illinois for electric bikes? I looked them up.


Here Are The Electric Bike Laws For Illinois

Remember laws change all the time. If you're thinking about jumping into the electric bike world, then do some research to find out the latest rules and regulations. That way you aren't paying for any traffic tickets.

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According to evelo.com, 

  • Electric bikes are required to be registered.
  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Not allowed on sidewalks.
  • Travel with traffic.
  • Can use bike lanes and paths.
  • Can't exceed 750w.

The state of Illinois defines ebikes as an electric assisted bicycle equipped with a motor of less than 750w.

Classifications For Electric Bikes

  • Class 1: Pedal-assist-only motor (tops out at 20 mph).
  • Class 2: Motor used to propel the bike (tops out at 20 mph).
  • Class 3: Motor that assists only during pedaling (tops out at 28 mph).

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