E-bike Laws in U.S. Parks
On August 30, the National Park Service announced an electric bicycle policy for U.S national parks, expanding recreational opportunities and accessibility. The policy supports Secretary's Order 3376, signed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on August 29, that directs Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus to create a clear and consistent e-bike policy on all federal lands managed by the Department. For the full legislation, see:
Order 3376: Increasing Recreational Opportunities through the use of Electric Bikes.
As per the National Park Service: "This new policy will enable visitors to use e-bikes, low-speed electric bicycles with power assistance, in the same manner as traditional bicycles, allowing them on park roads, paved or hardened trails, areas designated for off-road motor vehicle use and administrative roads where traditional bikes are allowed. The operator of an e-bike may only use the motor to assist pedal propulsion. The motor may not be used to propel an e-bike without the rider also pedaling, except in locations open to public motor vehicle traffic."
The National Park Service on August 30 craft a supporting explantory memorandum, available at:
Policy Memorandum 19-01: Electric Bicycles.