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USElectric bikes could be coming to national parks after new Interior Dept. policy

20:05  30 august  2019
20:05  30 august  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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An Interior Department official told The Washington Post the department is backing away from the proposed fee hike after so many people complained. The National Park Service announced in 2017 it was considering increasing vehicle entrance fees to 17 national parks by as much as 180 percent.

Visitors to national parks and other public lands could soon see a new form of transportation on many trails: electric bicycles.

Electric bikes could be coming to national parks after new Interior Dept. policy© Brian Melley/AP Photo In this photo taken Sept. 23, 2018, a mountain biker pedals past a No E-bikes sign in the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear Lake, Calif.

A new memo from the Department of Interior, which oversees the National Park Service and other federal lands, says that bicycles that include a motor that either propels the bicycle or assists a rider with pedaling up to 20 miles per hour should be allowed on trails or in areas where traditional bicycles are allowed.

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National parks are places of natural quiet and scenic beauty… not really places for motor-powered recreation.” Mr Wilson claims to have the support from local mountain bikers too regarding his call for ban on electric bikes in national parks . According to a report on MSN NZ, “mountain bikes were

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The National Park Service announced Friday that low-speed electric bicycles will be allowed on park roads, paved or hardened trails, and areas designated for off-road vehicles.

Park superintendents have a month to create rules and guidance for the use of e-bikes in specific parks over the next month and can block use in certain areas to protect resources.

Electric bikes could be coming to national parks after new Interior Dept. policy© David Sharp/AP Photo In this June 8, 2019 file photo, Janice Goodwin stands by her electric-assist bicycle at a gate near the start of the carriage path system where bikes such as her are banned inside Acadia National Park, in this photo June 8, 2018.

"As more Americans are using e-bikes to enjoy the great outdoors, national parks should be responsive to visitors’ interest in using this new technology wherever it is safe and appropriate to do so," National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith said in a statement.

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"They make bicycle travel easier and more efficient, and they provide an option for people who want to ride a bicycle but might not otherwise do so because of physical fitness, age, disability, or convenience, especially at high altitudes or in hilly or strenuous terrain," he continued.

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A pro-biking advocacy group called People for Bikes has been pushing to include e-bikes in various government rules, saying e-bikes make it easier for people with physical limitations to enjoy the benefits of biking.

But the National Parks Conservation Association, a group that advocates for preservation of public lands, raised concern the policy skirted public input and doesn't consider the impact to other people on the trail.

Electric bikes could be coming to national parks after new Interior Dept. policy© Brian Melley/AP Photo In this photo taken Sept. 23, 2018, a mountain biker pedals past a No E-bikes sign in the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear Lake, Calif.

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"E-bikes have a place on national parks’ roads and motorized trails. But this announcement disregards well-established policies for how visitors can enjoyably and safely experience the backcountry in national parks," Kristen Brengel, Senior Vice President at the National Parks Conservation Association, said in a statement.

"For generations we’ve agreed that there are some places so special that they should be protected for visitors to enjoy away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This new policy carelessly ignores those longstanding protections for backcountry areas," she continued.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt asked agencies like the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service to develop rules to formalize the policy.

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