CASPER, Wyo. — Electronic bicycles are now allowed in Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks on pathways where traditional bikes are also permitted.
“E-bikes are also allowed on the pathways of the National Elk Refuge that connect to Grand Teton National Park,” a Thursday, Sept. 19 announcement from the National Parks Service says. “Similar to traditional bicycles, e-bikes are not allowed in designated wilderness, in areas managed as wilderness, or on oversnow roads in the winter.”
A Department of the Interior Secretary’s Order and new National Park Service’s new electric bicycle (e-bike) policy opened up e-bike access to the parks.
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“E-bikes are low-speed electric bicycles with power assistance,” the announcement explains. “The operator of an e-bike may only use the motor to assist pedal propulsion.”
“The motor may not be used to propel an e-bike without the rider also pedaling, except in locations open to public motor vehicle traffic. Motor bikes with a throttle are not e-bikes. All bicyclists must obey speed limits and any other state traffic laws.”
The NPS says that park managers could add restrictions on e-bike use in the future if they are needed for visitor safety or to protect park resources.
“If members of the public have questions or comments, they can contact each park individually,” the announcement concludes. “Read more about biking in Yellowstone National Park, biking in Grand Teton National Park, biking in Glacier National Park, and the new NPS e-bike policy, as well as information about the National Elk Refuge.”