Today I received this letter from People for Bikes. We finally have rules for ebike use on public lands clarified.
On Friday, Oct. 2, the Department of the Interior released final rules for electric bicycle use on public lands. This new regulation more clearly defines electric bicycles and gives local land managers the authority to permit their use on non-motorized trails.
The new rule applies to the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation. Generally speaking, these rules mean that:
Together, we can make bike riding better!
– The PeopleForBikes team
In a nutshell this means if you see a sign that says NO MOTOR VEHICLES, that does not appy to you and your ebike. Ebikes fall under the regulations of regular bikes but in addition to bicycle rules and at the discretion of the local land manager each of the 3 classes of ebikes can be allowed or disallowed on specific roads, paths, and trails.
What are the 3 classes of ebikes? To be considered an ebike under these rules the bike motor must have a power rating of less than 750 watts and have fully operable pedals.
More details on ebike legislation can be found here.