Safety first! E-bikes unlock a new sense of freedom and adventure for young Riders and give them an extra boost of independence. But with more independence comes extra rules of the road—or as we like to call them, terms of the trail.
The rules and regulations for e-bikes vary state by state and bike by bike. Some e-bikes, like our woom UP, come with more freedom than others. We’re here to tell you why that is and where you can find the most up-to-date information about riding e-bikes in your area.
That brings us to question: Are e-bikes legal in my area?
To best understand the legality of e-bikes, it’s essential to understand their classification system. Let’s take a look at the three classes of e-bikes.
Class 1—this is what the woom UP bike falls under. This is the most lenient class and e-bikes bikes that fall under this category are generally allowed to be operated anywhere you can ride a regular bike, which is great news for your Rider that’s ready to take on the road with an extra jolt of energy.
A Class 1 e-bike only applies power to the drive system as your Rider pedals—in other words, no pedaling, no power. E-bikes in this class can’t exceed 20 miles per hour with electric assistance. Created with your child’s safety in mind, the woom UP is limited to 12 mph. Once the UP reaches its maximum speed, the motor automatically switches off. Riders are still able to pedal to their heart’s content or zoom down a hill to reach higher speeds, they just won’t have the extra help of the motor.