A recent news article raises concerns about a controversial issue when it comes to the National Park System: e-Bikes and your safety. The story raises the question of how the National Park Service will regulate e-Bikes in the parks. As we reported last month, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility contends the Park Service has no idea what impacts e-Bikes are bringing to the park system.
A study the Park Service released in June “provides no current information on the actual number of roads and trails in which 130 park units are now approved for e-Bikes, or even whether 130 units remains accurate in 2023,” PEER said. “It provides zero indication of how many backcountry trails, i.e., the most significantly impacted trails in the system, have been approved or where they are.”