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PeopleForBikes Policy Position

We encourage state natural resource agencies to align electric bicycle regulations with that of analog bicycles and afford local land managers the authority to allow Class 1 electric mountain bikes on non-motorized natural surface trails in places where traditional mountain bikes are allowed (including single track trails). These changes would harmonize state land management policies with the actual products that people are riding, proactively manage the desired experiences of electric bicycle riders, and provide for their safe operation, consistent regulation, and reasonable use. To learn more, please see our Policy Position for State Natural Resource Agency Electric Bicycle Management, here.

Land Manager Handbook

The land manager handbook was developed in partnership with the bicycling industry and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in consultation with professional trail builders. It is intended to be a practical field resource for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of electric mountain bike trails.

The above link takes the reader to a low-resolution version of the book, convenient for downloading. For a high-resolution or print version, please contact Ash Lovell (ash@peopleforbikes.org).

eMTB Loan Program

PeopleForBikes makes available Class 1 electric mountains to land management agencies who would like to borrow one for a short period of time to test out the e-bikes on their trails and bicycling facilities. PeopleForBikes arranges to ship the e-bikes to and from a bicycle retailer within close proximity of a workplace, and arranges for the e-bike to be assembled by the retailer. The land management agency is expected to pick up and drop off the e-bike from the bicycle retailer, use and share the e-bike as appropriate, and provide feedback to PeopleForBikes. This program is free of charge.

Since 2017, 25+ land managers from 15+ agencies – local, state, and federal – took advantage of this program. Contact Ash Lovell (ash@peopleforbikes.org) for more information.

Best Management Practices for eMTB Trail Design

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