Are Electric Bike Helmets Required in the United States?

In the United States, most states do not define the need to wear a helmet when riding or operating an electric bike. However, some states do require helmets. These requirements will vary depending on age and bike class.

I went through and compiled a list of the current helmet laws for each state which you can see below:

All passengers & operators

Connecticut

 

Operators of Class 3 under 21

ArkansasUtah

 

Operators & passengers of class 3 under 18

ColoradoMichigan

 

Operators & passengers of class 3

CaliforniaOhioTennessee

 

No requirement

ArizonaIdahoIllinois
WashingtonWyoming

 

No definition by state

AlabamaAlaskaDelaware
FloridaGeorgiaHawaii
IndianaIowaKansas
KentuckyLouisianaMaine
MarylandMarylandMassachusetts
MinnesotaMississippiMissouri
MontanaNebraskaNevada
New HampshireNew JerseyNew Mexico
New YorkNorth CarolinaNorth Dakota
OklahomaOregonPennsylvania
Rhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth Dakota
TexasVermontVirginia
West VirginiaWisconsin

Wear a Helmet Anyways

Regardless of helmet laws, I highly, HIGHLY suggest to always wear a helmet while biking.  Mountain biking, or really any biking, can be dangerous and this is such a cheap way to radically low the chances of serious injury.  Take a look at my article of the essential gear to bring while biking to ensure you are ready for anything that comes up.  When you’re miles away from help, you need to be prepared.

Outside of that, make sure you are prepared and then have some fun.  I would suggest starting out on mild trails and working your way up as your skills and bravery levels increase.

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