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E-Bikes and E-Scooters

A law took effect in 2020 authorizing the use of bicycles with electric assist and electric scooters on some streets and highways.
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What are E-Bikes and E-Scooters?

Electric scooter - a type of device with handlebars, a floorboard or a seat, and an electric motor that can be powered by the electric motor and/or human power. E-Scooter riders are granted all of the rights and are subject to all of the duties applicable to the rider of a bicycle.

Bicycle with electric assist (E-Bike) - multiple classes of bicycle with an electric motor and operable pedals. A bicycle with electric assist doesn’t qualify for a registration as a motorcycle, limited use motorcycle, moped or ATV and doesn’t have the same equipment. E-Bike riders are granted all of the rights and are subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle.

NOTE: An E-Scooter or E-Bike cannot be registered.

Get information about riding e-bikes and e-scooters in New York City


Other Devices - Devices such as mopeds, electric skateboards, segways, hoverboards, and electric unicycles are not considered E-Bikes or E-Scooters and are illegal to operate on the highways in New York State or subject to other laws or regulations.

E-Bikes and E-Scooters - The Law
Legal and Safe Operation of E-Bikes and E-Scooters in NYS

Rules for operating an E-Bike or E-Scooter are not uniform throughout New York State as cities and towns have extensive local authority, including the ability to prohibit E-Bikes or E-Scooters, require helmets, or wear reflective clothing. Consult with your local jurisdiction if you have questions on laws and ordinances in your area.

Where to Ride

New York State law allows people to operate E-Scooters and E-Bikes on some streets and highways in New York State. The highways must have a posted speed limit of 30 MPH or less.

you cannot operate these devices on a sidewalk except as authorized by local law or ordinance.

Municipalities can further regulate the time, place and manner of operation of these devices.


Helmets are not always required but are recommended. However, helmets are required for 16 and 17-year-olds operating an E-Scooter and Class 3 E-Bike operators in New York City.


See the video below on the importance of wearing a helmet when you ride.

Ride your e-bike safely! Wear a helmet!

Contact Information
Micromobility Inquiries

Patricia Burke
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coordinator
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 410B
Albany, NY 12228