WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Call it the battle of the emails in the war over e-bike access on non-motorized public lands.
Last week, 54 trail conservancy organizations put their names to an email sent to the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management opposing allowing e-bikes on federal public lands that ban motor vehicles. PeopleForBikes responded with its own email to the Secretary of the Interior in support of allowing local land managers to make the decision.
Michael Carroll of the conservancy group The Wilderness Society said changes in Parks Service regulations regarding Class 1 e-mountain bikes might be announced next month. Class 1 e-bikes have a pedal-assist motor — but no throttle — providing power only when pedaling and turning off when the bike reaches 20 mph.
“We were concerned that the NPS was going to make that change, and we started hearing other federal agencies were also making strides toward taking steps to changing the definition of what an e-bike is versus a regular bike,” Carroll said. “From our perspective, a motor is a motor is a motor. And this is the motorization of non-motorized trails.”
The Park Service told BRAIN on Monday it is in the …read more