• In Florida, an e-bike is defined as a “bicycle,” so long as it is capable of being propelled by human power and has a maximum speed of 20mph. 
  • E-bikes are not subject to the registration, licensing or insurance requirements that apply to motor vehicles.
  • The same rules of the road apply to both e-bikes and traditional bikes. 
  • E-bikes are not allowed on sidewalks, and only allowed on bike paths when under human power alone.
  • Helmets are not required. There is a 16 year age minimum for e-bike use.


  • On federal, state, county and local trails, e-mountain bike (eMTB) access varies significantly.
  • Generally, any natural surface trail that is designated as open to both motorized and non-motorized uses is also open to eMTBs.
  • eMTBs may not be allowed on trails managed for non-motorized activities. 
  • Do not ride your eMTB in areas where the local rules are unclear. Ride legally and only on authorized trails to show that mountain bikers are responsible trail users.
  • When in doubt, ask your local land manager about access to specific trails. Local land rules change frequently.


  • LOCAL: Consult your local land management agency.
  • STATE: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection allows Class 1 and 3 e-bikes wherever traditional bicycles are allowed. Contact the department for more information. 
  • FEDERAL: The majority of public lands managed for recreation in Florida are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service.  As of August 29th 2019 all eBikes up to 750 watt can now access Federal Lands and natural parks anywhere a regular bicycle can access.  The one exception is National Forests, the forests are managed by the Department of Agriculture and these changes are not implemented yet on the forests.  Changes are happening to align all Federal land to the recent Order.   Contact the U.S. Forest Service Southern Regional Office for more information
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