By Morgan Lommele from PeopleForBikes
PeopleForBikes and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association are working to promote better access to eMTBs.
To that end, we are cataloguing great eMTB rides throughout the U.S.
On federal, state, county and local trails, eMTB access varies significantly. Generally speaking, any natural surface trail designated for both motorized and non-motorized use is open to eMTBs.
eMTBs may not be allowed on trails managed for non-motorized activities.
Here’s a quick guide:
- Many states and municipalities don’t have clear definitions or rules for e-bikes. In parks in your city, county, or state, eMTB access varies greatly. Some parks allow them wherever bicycles are allowed, some do not, but most don’t currently have an eMTB policy. Many parks are currently revising their eMTB policies.
- On federal lands managed for recreation – in this case, lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management – eMTBs are considered motorized vehicles and have access to motorized trails, not trails only open to non-motorized uses.
- When in doubt, ask your local land manager about access, since local land rules change frequently. Do not ride your eMTB in areas where the local land rules are unclear. Ride legally and only on authorized trails to show that mountain bikers are all responsible users.
There are thousands of miles of trails that can be ridden within the confines of existing regulations.
In addition, all eMTB-friendly trails are listed on MTB Project.
And please remember to share eMTB rides in your area by describing your favorite route on this form, and we’ll continue to catalogue these rides on the eMTB Map.
Have fun and enjoy the ride!
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