In Missouri, an e-bike is defined as a “motorized bicycle” so long as its maximum speed is 30mph. As mopeds, e-bikes are not subject to the same rules of the road as regular bicycles.
E-bike riders must carry an operator’s license. E-bikes are not subject to registration or insurance requirements.
Helmets are not required, and there is a 16 year age minimum for e-bike use. E-bikes are not allowed on sidewalks. Consult your local government for information on whether e-bikes are permitted on bike paths.
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.
MISSOURI’S E-BIKE LAW FOR TRAILS
LOCAL: Consult your local land management agency.
STATE: In Missouri State Parks, e-bikes are allowed where bicycles are permitted. Contact Missouri State Parks for more information.
FEDERAL: The majority of public lands managed for recreation in Missouri are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, where 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 Eastern Regional Office for more information.
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