In the course announced by the electric bicycle community, e-bikes can now be moved in all national parks along any paths open to pedal bikes.
The new decree is in the form of an order signed by the Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhard, under the Trump Administration.
It reclassifies electric bicycles as 'motorized bicycles' on national park land, removing them from the category of dirt bikes, motorcycles and other single or double-wheeled motor vehicles. This move comes at a time when electric bikes are becoming more accessible and thus more popular, with many models starting from just $ 500- $ 600.
Previously, electric bikes where cycling is often banned in national parks, although class 1
Yes, it's electric. But this is just a motor.
In the United States, Class 1 electronic bicycles can reach speeds of up to 32 mph, but require the driver to pedal to engage the engine. Class 2 e-bikes can reach similar speeds, but have extra manual gas, which means they can be driven like motorcycles and do not require a pedal to activate the motor (although most also have pedal assist systems, to function as Class 1 e-bikes, Class 3 e-bikes are similar to Class 2 e-bikes, except that they can reach a speed of up to 28 mph. (19659003] The new law allows all three classes electronic bicycle Yes, ride on national parks, even though Class 2 and Class 3 e-bikes are not allowed to use the throttles. These e-bikes must be pedaled like standard Class 1 e-bikes while on national park. So far it looks like this will work on the honor system.
We'll see how this works.
Electrek & # 39; s Take
This is great news overall.
Obviously I'm a little addicted here, since I'm a pretty outspoken member of the electric bike community.
But look at it from our point of view. We are biking enthusiasts who enjoy being able to ride further and explore deeper thanks to our e-bikes, and yet we have often been excluded from entering some of the best cycling areas in the country, and maybe in the world.
See just how fun e-bikes can be on the trails!
At a time when bicycle pedal sales are declining to reach record levels, e-bike sales are actually growing. Electronic bikes are responsible for keeping more people on two wheels. Whether activating them on tracks or off road cars, e-bikes are a net positive for society. And whether you ride an acoustic or an electric bicycle, you cannot dispute this fact. Electric bikes just open the door to get more people on two wheels.
I believe that many of the arguments against sharing e-bike lanes simply come from misinformed people. I often hear people who worry about being hit by an electric motor. Although this is quite disturbing, I do not see how it is more common than being hit with a pedal bike. Both can easily reach speeds of 32 mph, and I have many cyclist friends who pedal at a much higher speed. Are e-bikes heavier? Sure. But maybe 20 pounds (9 kg). The average bicycle and rider will be somewhere around 91 kg, so in most cases we are talking about a difference of less than 10%. This is the difference between a pedal cyclist who keeps his resolution for the new year and one who does not.
What I can understand is the argument that cyclists worry that inexperienced new e-motorcycle riders will get themselves or others in difficulty by transferring abilities along some of these popular paths . And this is a legitimate concern. But the answer is the education of the riders, not the ban on banning.
If we banned cars after they were invented for the first time, after learning that people can get into trouble, where would we be as a society?
applaud the news that pedals that support electric bicycles will finally be treated as bicycles as they are, at least in national parks.
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