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New e-bike policy for BC Parks

Photo by Carter Moorse, via Unsplash

Know your bike and where you’re permitted to ride it in BC Parks.

In response to the growing popularity of electric bikes, BC Parks is implementing an e-bike policy to help protect sensitive wildlife, ecosystems and cultural values.

Following the e-bikes classification system already being used by industry and other government bodies, the new policy allows e-bikes in certain areas, depending on the classification.

People with Class 1 e-bikes can ride on any BC Parks trail where mountain bikes or other cycling is already allowed. People with Class 2 and 3 e-bikes can only ride on trails and/or roads designated for motorized vehicles, depending on the park. People using adaptive mountain bikes are allowed in areas designated for Class 1 e-bike use.

Cycling in parks can have an impact on trails and wildlife. Electric bikes allow more riders to use trails and reach areas that were previously limited to a few visitors, leading to increased pressure on sensitive wildlife and ecosystems. 

The new e-bikes policy is now in effect. Anyone with an e-bike is encouraged to visit the BC Parks website for specific information on where they can ride. Classifications for e-bikes can be viewed at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/recreation/biking/