Ebike types
Ebike rules
E-bike rules
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E-bike rules

The City of Carlsbad was the first city in the region to pass local laws that make it easier to enforce the safe and considerate use of e-bikes, scooters and other similar ways of getting around town.

  • The changes allow police to issue citations, but also allow most first-time violators to avoid penalty if they agree to take a safety course put on by the Police Department.
  • Overall, bicyclists and e-bike riders are subject to all the same rules of the road as motorists.
  • Riders who don’t follow the rules are subject to ticketing and fines as defined by the California Vehicle Code or Carlsbad Municipal Code.

Learn about the changes to the Carlsbad Municipal Code. Download and print a one-page overview.

Ebike types 

What qualifies as an e-bike?

An e-bike is an electric bicycle equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts.

  • The same rules of the road that apply to human-powered bicycles apply to all types of e-bikes and human-powered bicycles.
  • Electric bicycles do not need registration, licensing or insurance like a car or motorcycle.