If you like to visit National Parks in the US, you can now bring your e-bike with you. The National Park Service has expanded the use of e-bikes to allow pedal assist models on the same roads and trails as conventional bicycles. Just as long as they cut off assistance at 28MPH. Officials think that the policy shift could make parks more accessible and help curb environmental damage.
E-bikes make it easier to travel far, the NPS said. This could also allow park rides for people with limited mobility explore, especially on hilly and challenging terrain. Of course, they might also lower emissions and improve air quality as fewer people use cars and motorcycles.
The Park service is not certain how the service would enforce the rules though.
However, some have concerns that e-bikes could cause more harm than good. Safety may be more of an issue. E-bikes may also wear down trails. And then there’s the noise. People often go to parks to get some peace and quiet, and that may be harder if they have to hear the hum of e-bike motors. I guess we will have to see how this all shakes out as ebikes enter the parks more often.
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