National Parks Service to Allow E-Bikes on Its Trails and Roads - Bicycling
The National Parks Service (NPS) recently rolled out a new policy on August 30 that will allow people to ride e-bikes within the parks. E-bikes had been appearing on their trails more and more frequently, so administration crafted a policy to help manage and regulate their use.
According to the press release, park visitors will be able to use e-bikes in the same way they use traditional bikes: “on park roads, paved or hardened trails, areas designated for off-road motor vehicle use and administrative roads.”
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The policy seeks to provide consistency to the e-bike policies that are already in use by some states, and hopes to expand accessibility and opportunities to visit and experience all that the national parks have to offer.
“As more Americans are using e-bikes to enjoy the great outdoors, national parks should be responsive to visitors’ interest in using this new technology wherever it is safe and appropriate to do so,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith in an official statement. “They make bicycle travel easier and more efficient, and they provide an option for people who want to ride a bicycle but might not otherwise do so because of physical fitness, age, disability, or convenience, especially at high altitudes or in hilly or strenuous terrain.”