PENNSYLVANIA, USA — After several months and hundreds of public comments, the state has finalized its rules for e-bikes in state parks and forests.
An e-bike is a bicycle equipped with an electric motor that assists the rider when pedaling.
Effective immediately, the guidelines state that e-bikes on DCNR land:
- Weigh no more than 100 pounds;
- Do not exceed 20 miles-per-hour using the motor;
- Have motors that do not exceed 750 watts; and
- Have fully functional, operable pedals.
E-bike riders are asked to observe safe speeds and advised speed limits along trails, and e-bike operators should never use the electric assistance to exceed 20 miles per hour while using the electric motor. All users should travel at safe speeds.
The policy allows e-bikes to be used on DCNR-managed trails where traditional bikes are allowed. State forest roads and trails that are not open to biking which would also prohibit e-bikes include:
- Natural areas;
- Designated hiking trails (blazed with yellow or orange); and
- Trails or roads specifically marked closed to biking.
The state has some answers to frequently asked questions posted here.
Guidelines for biking in state parks and forests are posted here.
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