WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Department of Interior on Friday said all classes of e-bikes will be regulated as traditional bicycles on non-motorized federal lands. The change will take place within 30 days and primarily affects the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management.
E-mountain bikes soon could legally access the same federal trails as traditional bikes with the agencies regulating them as they see fit, just like with other bicycles.
The DOI’s decision also could boost an already booming e-bike market, according to Larry Pizzi, who chairs the PeopleForBikes’ e-bike committee.
“I’m confident that it will have a significant positive impact once new rules are established that eliminate the ambiguity of where you can ride,” he said.
At February’s E-bike Summit in Chicago, The NPD Group estimated e-bikes were a $143 million market in the U.S. 2018.
According to Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt’s memorandum, “e-bikes advance ‘Healthy Parks Healthy People’ goals to promote parks as a health resource by supporting a healthy park experience that is accessible, desirable, and relatable to people of all abilities, and by minimizing human impact through the expansion of active transportation options in parks.”
Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith said in a news …read more