Allowing motorized e-bikes everywhere that non-motorized bikes can go is e-gregious.
If you’re just joining the discussion about how to classify and where to allow electric bicycles (e-bikes) on public land, welcome! We’re glad you’re here.
To recap, federal land management agencies are rolling out the red carpet to these increasingly popular motorized vehicles. Now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wants to take steps to provide access for e-bikes to any non-motorized roads and trails where bicycles are allowed.
BLM’s proposed rule would direct managers to “generally allow” all classes of e-bikes on roads and trails where use of mechanized vehicles, i.e., bicycles, is or would be allowed. Further, land use planning and local decision-making would exclude e-bikes from the definition of off-road vehicles.
And the agency isn’t stopping there: BLM has also proposed to adopt these changes with no environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This is par for the course for the current administration, which is simultaneously ignoring and working to dismantle NEPA’s public planning and environmental review requirements.
E-bikes are a great form of transportation and they are already allowed on thousands of miles of roads and trails on public lands. They should not be allowed to travel further and faster into the backcountry, through sensitive wildlife habitat, and into the small portion of public lands that are free from motors.
Tell the BLM that their proposed rule is an e-gregious blunder.