B.I.K.E.S. Club of
Snohomish County

E-bikes

  • 01 Sep 2021 9:04 AM
    Reply # 10974608 on 10974552
    Drew Ellison (Administrator)

    Adrienne, thanks for bringing this to our attention. I’ve got to think that many e-bike users don’t know about or don’t care about what the regulations concerning their use are, if they even know that there are regulations. After all, there’s minimal enforcement. At least, I’ve never heard of any being done. Regardless, it’s a big confusing pot of inconsistent regulations.

    Do you think this would be a good program for a future BIKES Club meeting?

  • 02 Sep 2021 9:16 AM
    Reply # 10976667 on 10974552
    Dan Scott (Administrator)

    Adventure Cycling’s magazine had the April 2021 issue focused on E bikes. One article was titled “Electric Dirt” which speaks to off road use on public lands. Sounds like a confusing situation. Here’s a small quote from the article;


    “At the end of August 2019, the Department of the Interior issued an order instructing its four agencies —

    the National Park Service, the Fish

    and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of

    Land Management. and the Bureau of Reclamation — to update their guidelines saying Class 1 eBikes should be defined as bicycles and allowed anywhere conventional bikes are allowed.

    “Those four agencies went into official rulemaking to change the

    rules and regulations,” Lommele said. “Those four rules were finalized in October 2020. They do very similar things, removing eBikes from whatever definition there is of motor vehicles.”

    A major win for eBikers everywhere. However, it’s not a blanket allowance, according to Lommele. All three classes of eBikes are defined

    as bicycles, not motor vehicles, but individual land managers do have some leeway in how they deal with Class 2 and Class 3 eBikes.”


    I think E bikes in general would be a good meeting topic. As Drew mentioned, there’s no enforcement, and some really dumb riding of E bikes by a few riders, but there’s also a lot of riders using them responsibly. 

© B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software