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.
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.
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.
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!
More Resources and Information
Resources for E-Bikes, E-Scooters and Wheel Sports