In a move ushered in by the bicycle community, e-bikes are now allowed to cycle in all national parks on trails open to pedal bikes.
The new decree came in the form of an order signed during the Trump administration by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.
It classifies electric bicycles as "non-motorized bicycles" on the land of the National Park, and removes them from the category of dirt bikes, motorcycles and other gas-powered single or double track vehicles. The move comes at a time when electric bikes are becoming increasingly affordable and thus more popular, with many models starting at just $ 500- $ 600.
Previously, electric bikes have often banned cycling trails in national parks, but Class 1
Yes, it is electric. But it's just a bike.
In the United States, Class 1 e-bikes can reach speeds of up to 20 km / h, but require the cyclist to pedal to connect the engine. Class 2 e-bikes can reach the same speed, but have an additional throttle, meaning they can be run as motorcycles and do not require pedal input to activate the engine (although most also have pedal assist systems to operate as Class 1 e- bicycles). Class 3 e-bikes are similar to Class 2 e-bikes, except they can reach higher speeds of up to 28 km / h.
The new law allows all three classes of e-bikes to cycle on national bike lanes. , although Class 2 and Class 3 e-bikes are not allowed to use the gas control. These e-bikes must be trampled as standard Class 1 e-bikes while on national park trails. So far, it looks like this will be handled on the honor system.
We'll see how it goes.
Electrek & # 39; s Take
This is good news, generally speaking.
Obviously I'm a bit biased here, as I'm a pretty outspoken member of the electric bike community.
But look at it from our perspective. We are cycling enthusiasts who enjoy cycling longer and exploring deeper thanks to e-bikes, and yet we have often been excluded from entering some of the best cycling areas in the country, and perhaps the world.
Just see how fun e-bikes can be on trails!
At a time when pedal bike sales are plummeting to record lows, e-bike sales have actually skyrocketed. E-bikes are responsible for keeping more people on two wheels. Whether getting them active on trails or out of cars for their commutes, e-bikes are a net positive for the community. Whether you ride an acoustic or electric bike, you can't argue that fact. Electric bikes simply open the door to get more people on two wheels.
I think many of the arguments against sharing trails with e-bikes simply come from misinformed individuals. I often hear people worry about being hit by an electric bike. While this is a reasonable concern, I do not see how it is more common than being hit by a pedal bike. Both can reach speeds of 32 km / h easily, and I have many bike friends who ride at much higher speeds. Are e-bikes heavier? Sure. But maybe with 9 kg. The average bike and rider will be somewhere around 91kg (91kg) anyway, so we're talking about a difference of less than 10% in most cases. It's the difference between a pedal cyclist who kept the New Year's resolution and one who didn't.
What I can understand is the argument in which cyclists worry that inexperienced new cyclists on e-bikes will get themselves or others in trouble by cycling past their abilities on some of these popular trails. And that is a legitimate concern. But the answer is equestrian education, not banning rugs.
If we banned cars after they were first invented when we were told that people could get in trouble, where would we be as a society?
So I applaud the news that pedal assistance for electric bikes will finally be treated like the bikes they are, at least in national parks.
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