The Bureau of Land Management will soon accept public comment on a proposed regulatory change that would add a definition for e-bikes in the bureau’s regulations, giving local land managers the authority to use the definition to make decisions on whether e-bikes may be operated on public lands in their jurisdictions.
“This effort is in line with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt’s call for the BLM and other Interior bureaus to expand access on public lands to e-bikes,” the bureau said in a statement.
Given that e-bikes use small electric motors to augment bikers’ pedaling power, the BLM currently manages them as off-highway vehicles. However, Bernhardt’s order passed down last August ordered that e-bikes “shall be allowed where other types of bicycles are allowed,” and disallowed where other bikes are prohibited, effectively putting the two in the same group.
The proposed regulatory change would separate the two out, creating a definition for e-bikes that is separate from the definition of other bicycles.