About e-bikes

About e-bikes

Woman riding e-bike

When you pedal an e-bike, the battery-powered motor will kick in and take up some of the physical strain. This power-assistance will take you up to 15.5 mph (25 kph), but above this the motor will cut out, and faster speeds will be down to your leg power alone.

This level of assistance can be adjusted on most e-bikes, and even turned off completely, enabling the e-bike to be used like a conventional cycle. You must be at least 14 years old to ride one, but otherwise no special licences are required.*

The benefits

The benefits of using an e-bike are many. The power-assistance makes them especially good for people who don't feel fit enough to cycle, or have a mobility impairment, and want to stay active. They reduce the struggle of cycling uphill, and enable you to travel longer distances with ease. Yet they still give many of the same health benefits as regular cycling - by altering the level of power assistance, you can take as much or as little help from the bike as you like.

E-bikes are easy, practical and fun, inexpensive to run, and can be used anywhere in London that a regular pedal cycle can.

More information about e-bikes and how they can benefit you.

Find a free local test ride and try out an e-bike before you buy.

E-bike safety

E-bikes are not very different to use from regular cycles, but it is worth bearing in mind that they accelerate faster, so take extra care when moving off. Leave others plenty of space, particularly other cyclists, who may be slower to move off.

E-bikes come under the same category as regular cycles in the Highway Code, which means that they are subject to the same rules of the road. These rules are mandatory and must be followed. Helmets are not a legal requirement, though you may wish to consider wearing one.

Find more cycle safety advice  

Protect your e-bike from theft

Take measures to ensure your e-bike does not become one of the 20,000 bikes reported stolen each year

Take your e-bike battery with you

Batteries can be expensive, so you don't want to have to replace one unnecessarily. After locking up your e-bike, unclip the battery and take it with you.

Consider getting your e-bike insured

For maximum peace of mind, insure your ride. Your existing home contents insurance or standard bike cover may already include e-bikes, so make sure you check - but don't assume this to be the case or you could be left high and dry should the worst happen

More tips and advice for protecting your e-bike from theft

Information on where to park your e-bike in London

*Except Northern Ireland, where you need to obtain a motorcycle licence to ride an e-bike, and are required to tax, insure and register your ride with the DVLA