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Electric Mountain Bikes: Update on e-bikes on Department of the Interior trails

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MTB Project Staff · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 34,177

Greetings MTB Project community!

As many of you are aware, recent changes to federal policy have expanded the use of electric bikes to all bike-legal trails managed by the Department of the Interior (DOI).

We have updated a number of trails on MTB Project to reflect this policy change. If a MTB Project trail is associated with a DOI land manager (Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation), its status has been updated to show that e-bikes are now allowed. 

This update only affects trails that had an attributed land manager so there will be some trails on the site that will still need to be updated. If you find DOI trails missing this information, help us out! Use the Suggest Change button or Add Information button to update the trail page.

Keep in mind this new federal policy only applies to DOI trails that already allowed biking.

See you on the trails!

MTB Project Staff

Other path · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2019 · Points: 0

Unfortunately it seems this does not apply to national forest service lands, all under department of agriculture, which continues to maintain severe restrictions on ebike use. See link for extended version…

MTB Project Staff · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 34,177

Well, despite our best intentions, it looks like we here at MTB Project got a bit ahead of ourselves with converting all biking trails on DOI land to show that they allow electric bikes. After feedback from regional field offices and digging into the Secretary’s Order (SO) a bit more, there are some caveats that caused us to reconsider this change for the time being.

Despite SO 3376 being signed into effect, each park superintendent and regional office has the opportunity to submit limitations and restrict the extent to which e-bikes will be allowed on trails. E-bike use may be restricted on the basis of public health and safety, natural and cultural resource protection and other management activities or objectives. They may choose to restrict trails from e-bike use entirely or limit use to certain classes of e-bikes.

Since most regional offices have not yet been able to fully implement the SO, in the interim, we are going to roll back our labeling of e-bike use on DOI trails on MTB Project. We will still be accepting improvements regarding e-bikes on DOI land and will ask for you to provide verification from the land manager that e-bikes are now allowed on the trail. It is unclear how long this process will take, however parks will likely have rules outlined beginning in the next few months. If you have questions about where you can ride your e-bike, we recommend reaching out directly to the park or regional office.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to working with you and local land management agencies to update these trails as the new policy is implemented.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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