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The Moab field office of the Bureau of Land Management has published an item on its website clarifying e-bikes are welcome on trail systems open to motorized vehicles. But there is a restriction, e-bikes are not allowed on non-motorized trails.

For Larry Pizzi, who is also the president of e-bike maker Currie Technologies and chair of the e-bike committee at the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA), the ruling merely confirmed what had always been the case. But when media outlets began reporting the news, the reaction was as strong as if a major, national decision had just come down.The mountain biking community is reacting.

What exactly is an e-bikes. Well, they aren’t quite bicycles and aren’t quite motorcycles. They’re an entirely separate type of vehicle (see sidebar) with electric, not gas, motors.

MAKING SENSE OF E-BIKES

In the U.S., any bicycle with operable pedals and a motor under 750 watts (one horsepower) is considered a bicycle. The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) is attempting to pass legislation to further clarify levels of e-bikes.These are the proposed classification:

Class 1

Propulsion: Pedal-assist only

Max assisted speed (point at which motor turns off): 20 m.p.h.

Class 2. Read full story here.

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