In Delaware, electric bikes can be a big help, especially with steep hills when road riding. Delaware is a state where early electric bike legislation was adopted in 2014. Read on to find out all about the rules and regulations regarding riding an electric bicycle in Delaware.
The state of Delaware defines an electric bike as having fully operable pedals with either two or three wheels. The electric motor is restricted to a maximum power of 750 watts and must not propel the bike over 20 mph by itself. This speed rating is measured with a rider of 170 lbs and on a paved level surface.
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Delaware does not restrict e-bike riders from cycling on designated roads. Generally, any natural-surface trail, bike paths, or trail that is open to motorized or non-motorized use is open to electric bicycles. Electric bicycles are also allowed to ride on sidewalks.
That said, electric bikes may be restricted from riding on trails designated for non-motorized activities.
The Delaware Office Of State Parks does not currently have an electric bike policy, but, it is currently working on one. Once we see it published, we will be sure to update this article.
The state of Delaware requires any person below 16 years of age to wear a helmet as a safety precaution.
No registration or license is required to use an electric bike.
There are no specific age restrictions for riding electric bicycles in Delaware.
On October 5th, 2017 Delaware Governor, John Carney signed the bicycle friendly Delaware act into law. This law expanded on bicycle safety within Delaware by including items that require motorists to change lanes where possible to avoid bike riders and forbids motorists from honking at cyclists unless in the case of emergency.
This expands upon Delaware's vulnerable user laws and differs from many other states standard 3-foot rule when passing traditional bikes as well as electric bicycles.
One extremely unique law that was included in this legislation is what is called "the Delaware Yield," which permits bicyclists to yield at stop signs when the coast is clear rather than forcing them to stop.
Some states near Delaware have very different electric bike laws. Be sure to check out our articles on Virginia Ebike Laws, New Jersey Ebike Laws, and Pennsylvania Ebike Laws if you are planning a trip with your electric bicycles to these neighboring states.
Cyclists can also operate on sidewalks, but they have to make sure to signal to pedestrians before passing, and municipal or local law overrides this. For example, if there is a traffic control device that prohibits bike use or if there is a bicycle-only lane to use instead of the sidewalk. Otherwise, you can ride on the sidewalks.
The motor of an electric motor can't exceed 750 watts. Its maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph.
Motorized scooters cannot be titled and cannot be registered in the State of Delaware. They are not allowed to be operated on public highways, streets, sidewalks, or rights-of-way located within this state. People under the age of 16 must wear a helmet.
Electric bicycles may ride on any roadway except those that are posted to not allow bicycles. Electric bicycles may be ridden on bike paths and in state parks unless an exception is posted.
One interesting item about electric bicycle laws in Delaware is that the state legislation and the DMV guidelines are not consistent in their application regarding electric bikes.
Riding an electric bike has never been so much fun. However, knowing how to ride safely should be your top priority. Because safety rules won't spoil your fun, and you don't want to end up having bruises, being fined by local authorities, or any accidents.
Electric bicycles are great fun and are a great way to extend your riding range and duration. However, it is always wise to follow the rules of the road and learn about the recent laws governing the use of electric bicycles in Delaware.
All of our e-bike rules and regulations are based on each local state's e-bike laws. In addition, the above information and details regarding these ebike laws are not permanent and are subject to change especially when there are updates and missed out details.
We highly encourage that you check with local authorities or check the website of your State, County, City, and other agencies.