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COVID-19 Notice, Safe Cycling - Please Read

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CAN I RIDE eBIKES on PUBLIC LANDS?  IT DEPENDS...

Oregon Parks and Rec Dept (OPRD)

YES. A person may operate an electric assisted bicycle on roads and trails eight feet or wider unless otherwise posted to restrict or permit such activity.

National Parks

YES. As a general policy, e-bikes are permitted to ride in areas where bicycles may be ridden. Each superintendent is required to update the park rules for e-bikes. You should consult your local park unit and review the rules to fully understand where e-bikes can be ridden in each National Park.More info on eBike access in National Parks (courtesy of People for Bikes)

Bureau of Land Management

Yes, but currently only on trails and roads for motorized vehicles.

US Forest Service Lands

YES, but only on Motorized Trails and Roads Only - eBikes are considered motorized vehicles on USFS lands and have access to motorized trails.MVU Maps are available for free at Deschutes National Forest office or Online.

eBike access is moving at a quick pace and we will keep you posted as we get more updates.

 

eBIKE RIDE RESOURCE LINKS

Gravel Rides in Central Oregon

Selected eBike Rides by our friends at Dirty Freehub

Interactive eBike Map

See recommended trails, submit your favorites and check out other eMTB resources – eMTB Adventures, land manager tools, and more!Interactive eMTB Map

Rides inMTB Project - filter for "eBikes Allowed"

Elkhorn Crest Loop (more info) Sumpter | 38.1 miles

South Fork Walla Walla (more info) Umatilla National Forest | 18 miles

Pole Creek Ridge Trail (more info)

Umatilla Rim (more info) Umatilla National Forest | 35.3 miles

Little Greyback - Mule Mtn. Loop (more info) Rogue River National Forest | 17.6 miles

Rides in Trailforks - filter activity for eBikes Allowed

 

eMTB TRAIL ETIQUETTE GUIDE

It's important that we all share the trail and be good stewards of our lands - see eBike Etiquette Guide

Meanwhile, keep riding!

 

YOU HAVE A VOICE IN eBIKE ACCESS

Do you think ebikes should have access to trails including those reserved for non-motorized vehicles?

Currently, there are myths and assumptions about e-bikes and while some may have been true in the past the e-bikes of today are high-quality with premium components and accessories. More importantly, modern electric bikes are speed and safety regulated falling into 3 categories. Additionally, those electric vehicles that fall outside of these widely accepted definitions are not considered bicycles, nor are they sold or supported by this or other reputable electric bicycle retailers.  

Our land managers want and need to hear from you! If you would like to comment about the value of ebikes, and would like to have ebikes on non-motorized trails on federal lands please take a moment to write your national representative via People for Bikes.

Also, our local land managers are learning of the advantages of ebikes and in some states there have been successful collaborations.

 

CONTACT

Deschutes National Forest - contact form

Dept of Interior (BLM, Nat'l Parks, Bureau of Reclamation, DFW)

People for Bikes - Take Action

Join COTA - Central Oregon Trail Alliance - become part of the decision-making