Everything you need to know!
An e-bike is a bicycle that offers electric assistance while pedaling. The motor kicks in only when there is tension on the chain, and its power output varies based on the selected setting. If it has a throttle (like a motorcycle), it's not an e-bike.
There are laws regulating e-bikes in Ohio as of late 2018 with House Bill 250. This law requires each bike to be properly identified for its output level in 3 different classes. Class 1 & 2 is allowed on shared paths and walkways while class 3 bikes are restricted to road use only. There is also an age requirement of 16 years old to ride a class 3 bike. Bikes can be adjusted to limit their speed output as long as they're labeled with the appropriate Class tags. Get all the details about this law from the Ohio legislature Here and on BicycleRetailer.com
Kentucky doesn't appear to have any laws that specifically target e-bikes just yet. They're currently considered mopeds and are enforced as such. They don't need to be registered with the state, and they cannot exceed 30 mph. Anyone under the age of 21 must wear a helmet. Read more at Evelo.com