Although they used to be a luxury many couldn't afford, electric bikes have gained popularity in the past few years when they became cheaper and more accessible. Did you know that every state in America has different guidelines regarding electric bike laws? Today we talk about those that take place in Delaware.
How does the state of Delaware declares what an electric bike is.
Delaware State electric bike laws define an electric bike as a bicycle, but there are limitations when it comes to the specifications of the bike. To begin, the bike’s motor should be under 750 Watts, while the maximum speed should remain below 20 mph. The bike still has to have fully operable pedals.
How powerful can my bike be? Your electric bike should not exceed 750 Watts of power, and you are not allowed to tamper with the bike’s specifications in order to surpass this limitation.
Do I need a license or insurance? In the state of Delaware, electrical bikes are not subject to registration, licensing, or any type of insurance. You are allowed to get insurance if you wish, but there is no legal need to do so.
Do I need to wear a helmet? Helmets are required for those under the age of 18. However, they are still a really good safety measure for those who are legal adults too.
Are there age restrictions to look out for? There is no age restriction on electric bike usage, although very young children on electric bikes are sometimes frowned upon by local law enforcement.
Can I ride on the road? Electric bikes in the state of Delaware are allowed on the road, but also on sidewalks and bike paths, although you have to be very careful when it comes to other passengers, especially pedestrians.
Do I ride in the same direction as traffic? In order to remain visible and to ensure safety both for yourself and others, it is advised that you always ride your bike in the same direction as the rest of the traffic.
Do bike riders need to obey all the traffic signs? If you want to remain safe, the state of Delaware suggests you follow traffic signs just like all other traffic participants. If you don't want to follow all traffic signs, please at least follow those that concern mechanical bikes.
What about electric mountain bikes? The Delaware office of state parks currently does not have any type of electric mountain bike policy, but it is in making. We suggest that you contact your local authorities for more information, and right now, there are some famous rides that you can take - the Lap of the Bays, and the Amish Country Gravel Route.
If you want to enjoy electric biking, make sure to follow all regulations and guidelines given to you by the state that you live in. It's very important to remain safe and to avoid possible fines and trouble with legal authorities.