A coalition of Marin environmental teams has filed a federal court docket case to power the Nationwide Park Service to ban e-bikes on public trails.
Level Reyes Nationwide Seashore and the Golden Gate Nationwide Recreation Space already permit electrical bicycles on sure trails.
That doesn’t sit properly with Gordon Bennett, president of the Marin County-based environmental non-profit, Save Our Seashores.
He stated that the Nationwide Park Service violated its personal guidelines when it accredited using e-bikes on trails.
“[The settlement to permit electrical bikes on trails> was the results of a non-public assembly with e-bike producers and the principles got here out of that personal assembly. That could be a violation of the Advisory Fee Act,” stated Bennett. “The unique [Nationwide Park Service> bicycle guidelines went by a full environmental course of the place there was public remark and a Nationwide Environmental Coverage Act overview; none of that was finished.”
Bennett and various different environmental leaders who’re events to the lawsuit worry that e-bikes may pose a hazard to cyclists, hikers and equestrians.
He stated that a number of the battery-powered bicycles can journey down these trails at speeds of 28 miles per hour.
“You’re supposed to listen to from all people, not only one aspect,” stated Bennett.
The gross sales of e-bikes are the quickest rising section of bicycle gross sales nationwide, in line with international data firm, NPD Group.
That truth has the Nationwide Park Service strongly defending its new e-bike coverage. In a press release, the company stated the Park Service’s stance on e-bikes favors the general public’s equal rights to recreation. The usage of e-bikes on nationwide park lands must be no completely different for conventional cyclists, hikers or walkers.