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Rules finalized for e-bikes in state parks and forests

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced the regulations that take effect immediately.

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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