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The National Park Service is reviewing its rules around e-bike usage on park property, which includes maintained, improved, and unimproved roads, plus bike trails and paths.

Currently, NPS regulations allow park superintendents to allow e-bikes on roads and trails where regular bicycles are allowed, but this review could allow them the authority to open up more public areas (but not “wilderness” areas) to e-bike use, helping increase access to more people.

The benefit of expanding where e-bikes can go is that it will help more people explore further beyond the areas immediately adjacent to parking lots, which can relieve congestion. With more and more parks implementing timed and limited entry for cars, allowing people to ride bikes to popular trailheads and destinations means more access while reducing vehicular traffic.

The Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PDF) is available for review and details which class e-bikes (1/2/3) are allowed where, and which recommendations against Class 2 (throttle only) on bike paths and trails. Summary and more links at NPS.gov.

You can comment here and let them know that you support e-bikes in our National Parks. Not sure what to say? Use People For Bikes’ suggested comment, which you can copy/paste here (DOC).

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S Pants
S Pants
10 months ago

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions” comes to mind

Bret
Bret
10 months ago

but…WE don’t. Getting normal bikes is hard enough.

Dinger
Dinger
10 months ago
Reply to  Bret

This is where e-bikers are of benefit. It’s another approach to access. More voices = better.

Bret
Bret
10 months ago
Reply to  Dinger

not when those voices have a negative perception…

threeringcircus
threeringcircus
10 months ago

Negative, Ghostrider.

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
10 months ago

Yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and say no, we don’t want this. More traffic in national parks is bad, be it cars or bikes. And the e-bike riders this would attract tend to be less experienced and likely less aware of how to behave around pedestrians, making things worse for ALL cyclists in the long run.

Dinger
Dinger
10 months ago
Reply to  Roger Pedacter

E-bikes are prolific now and the behavior you’re worried about just isn’t manifesting. People have a self-preservation instinct. Time to let go of the pearls.

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
10 months ago
Reply to  Dinger

The behavior I’m worried about isn’t manifesting? LOL. Ok. You clearly need to spend more time outside and less time selling e-bikes. It’s manifesting everywhere they’re allowed. Try riding the hills above LA and you’ll change your mind in under an hour. E-bikers are, as a whole, far more disrespectful and unaware than any other trail users.

Chris
Chris
10 months ago

Ebike class is unenforceable. Ebikes look more and more stealthy every year. Ebike enforcement will soon be very difficult without trained police. Soon, no one will care as ebikes become the norm.

Joseph
Joseph
10 months ago

Until the e-bikes that are in reality motorcycles are regulated and licensed and recognized as such allowing e-bikes in the parks will be disastrous for the hikers and non motorized riders and trail surfaces.

Joe Clement
Joe Clement
10 months ago
Reply to  Joseph

Exactly. Too many e-motorcycles bombing down trails and sidewalks at 25 mph as it is. This is all about selling more bikes, not what’s needed.

Hugh
Hugh
10 months ago

Congratulations on your 11000th article Tyler

Justin Walsh
Justin Walsh
10 months ago

You can also comment to continue their prohibition through the same link.

Will
Will
10 months ago
Reply to  Justin Walsh

Thanks for that. Just sent my opposition to E bikes.

Mark Sevenoff
10 months ago

Here in Moab where I’ve lived for 25 years and run two businesses we’re lucky enough to have two National Parks. While neither have bike paths Arches NP has a 25+ miles of paved roads leading to trailheads and campgrounds. Canyonlands NP has the world famous 100 mile long White Rim trail. E-biking is permitted on both the paved Arches route, all dirt roads and also in Canyonlands on dirt roads like the White Rim. Bikes of any sort have always been off limits on the crowded singletrack hiking trails. These rules seem to work for all user groups and no one I come in contact with is wanting e-bikes on hiking trails. They are way too crowded and not designed bikes. What we’d love is a bike path through Arches, but that’s a whole other challenge.

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