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. If you need to buy a new bike helmet (and I always recommend them regardless of any regulations), then now is the best time to do it.

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

Arkansas Utah

 

Operators & passengers of class 3 under 18

Colorado Michigan

 

Operators & passengers of class 3

California Ohio Tennessee

 

No requirement

Arizona Idaho Illinois
Washington Wyoming

 

No definition by state

Alabama Alaska Delaware
Florida Georgia Hawaii
Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana Maine
Maryland Maryland Massachusetts
Minnesota Mississippi Missouri
Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico
New York North Carolina North Dakota
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania
Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Texas Vermont Virginia
West Virginia Wisconsin

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.