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Information Regarding E-Bikes
What’s considered an e-bike?
An e-bike is a vehicle with:
two or three wheels
fully operable pedals
an electric motor not exceeding 750 watts of power
Do I need to register my e-bike with CPW?
CPW does not consider e-bikes Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) and e-bikes do not require an OHV registration or other permit for use on CPW managed public lands.
All e-bikes must meet the conditions for 1 of the 3 designated e-bike classes:
Class 1 E-bike
Equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 miles per hour.
Class 2 E-bike
Equipped with a motor that provides assistance regardless of whether the rider is pedaling but ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 miles per hour.
Class 3 E-bike
Equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 28 miles per hour.
Where can I ride my e-bike?
E-bike use on CPW Lands
Class 1 and 2 e-bikes are allowed the same access as road bikes and mountain bikes, while class 3 e-bikes are only to be allowed on roadways and in designated bike lanes.
E-bike use on State Park Lands
Class 1 and 2 e-bikes are allowed on roadways and designated bike lanes and on multi-use trails and other areas (e.g.,campgrounds) that are open to non-motorized biking.
Class 3 e-bikes are only allowed on designated roadways and designated bike lanes.
E-bike use on State Wildlife Areas
In State Wildlife Areas, e-bikes are allowed on designated roads and within designated camping or parking areas where motorized vehicles are allowed.
They are prohibited in all other areas.
Visitors to State Wildlife Areas are required to possess a proper and valid hunting or fishing license.
E-bike use on State Trust Lands
Public access on State Trust Lands is restricted to hunting, fishing and watchable wildlife activity. E-bikes are only allowed for use on designated roads when being used for these activities. Visitors to State Trust Lands are required to possess a proper and valid hunting or fishing license.
Trail etiquette is the same for e-bikes as it is for traditional bikes. Trail etiquette practices are based on a general concept of consideration of other trail users, and protection of the trail and surrounding natural resources. Key concepts include:
- following any posted trail rules such as speed limits, directional travel, or yielding suggestions
- protecting the trail by staying off of the trail during wet or muddy conditions
- openly communicating with other trail users with typical communication devices such as calm voice and non-obtrusive bells
- use of helmets and personal audio devices that allow you to hear other trail users and wildlife
- using passing techniques that are considerate of other trail users and that do not result in trail widening
- ride in group numbers that do not negatively impact other trail users experience
E-bike use on other Public Lands
Regulations and classifications vary between different land management agencies. Users should contact individual land agencies – including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and United States Forest Service (USFS), counties, and local municipalities – to determine where they are permitted to ride e-bikes on public lands.
How do I know which trails are open to e-bikes?
BLM-managed public lands offer many opportunities for riding e-bikes. Currently, e-bikes are allowed on all roads and trails open to OHV use and in all area designated as OHV open under applicable land use plans. E-bikes are allowed on roads and trails limited to bicycles and non-motorized travel ONLY IF a BLM Manager has issued a written decision authorizing e-bike use in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. The following links are provided for additional information on where to ride:
- Motorized areas and trails
- Contact your local BLM office for more information.
- Visit https://www.blm.gov/maps/georeferenced-PDFs"