At an administrative meeting Wednesday, the Helena City Commission asked city employees to conduct a public process over the next few months to receive feedback and make recommendations on how the city should regulate e-bikes. They also said that for now, e-bikes remain banned in Helena`s designated "nature parks," including areas of the South Hills and around Mount Helena. Man, that didn`t clear up the confusion for me a bit. BLM allowed on all roads and paths that were open to normal bicycles. Now, is that the case or not? Can it vary by state or BLM office? The biggest takeaway is that there is no hard and fast rule for closing areas to e-bikes. With sufficient public support, any trail approved for regular mountain bikes could be opened for use with e-bikes. Regardless of the state in which you travel and plan to use an electric bike, it is recommended to contact the administrative office of the country or forest on which you want to rebuild. Electric bikes are generally divided into three types. Type 1 bikes only provide power when a rider pedals and only provide support for up to 20 miles per hour. Type 2 bikes have gasoline and can also be powered without pedaling. Type 3 bikes have a higher top speed and may be able to switch between "pedal assist" and a gas pedal. WYOMING Wyoming classifies e-bikes as "electric bikes" and has the same traffic rules as human-powered bicycles.

E-bikes are not subject to licensing or registration. In general, all nature trails open to motorized vehicles are also open to electric bikes. Wyoming State Parks allow Class 1 electric bikes on non-motorized trails that allow bicycles. Electric bicycles are considered motor vehicles on federal territory. Another common question is, "Can e-bikes be used for off-road riding in BLM countries? The answer is "yes" unless specifically directed by the Executive Director, but only in areas open to motorized use. Montana law does not include age restrictions for riding an electric bike. Montana has a great history with cyclists. It is considered the safest state to get to work, giving cities and cyclists plenty of freedom to stay safe and enjoy driving. There are plenty of hiking trails, trails and wide roads to drive and of course incredible views to enjoy. Overall, Montana is a fantastic place for cyclists and has good laws of its own. Just be sure to keep up to date with your city`s statutes and keep your eyes on the street. Enjoy! The biggest topic of discussion on Wednesday was the use of e-bikes in open space parks.

City officials said the current rules for e-bikes are not entirely clear. Helena`s city code states that "motor vehicles" are not allowed in nature parks, but city attorney Thomas Jodoin said there was some uncertainty about whether the term applied to e-bikes. Montana state law defines electrically assisted bicycles as bicycles and explicitly states that they are not motor vehicles. Barry said his company only sells Type 1 electric bikes and that he will allow those bikes on trails — but not the other two types, which he says are more like a motorcycle or off-road motorcycle. Barry said the latest Type 1 electric bikes aren`t significantly heavier, faster or noisier than other bikes. He believes municipal leaders can find ways to limit the impact. UTAH electric bikes are regulated like bicycles. The same traffic rules apply to e-bikes and bicycles. E-bikes are not subject to licensing or registration.

Utah currently designates three classes of e-bikes, distinguishing slower e-bikes, which reach motor speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, from higher "speed pedelecs," which have motors that provide support of up to 28 miles per hour. In general, all nature trails open to motorized vehicles are also open to electric bikes. Utah state parks allow e-bikes on non-motorized trails open to bicycles. Electric bicycles are considered motor vehicles on federal territory. E-bikes have become a growing problem in communities in the region. At Great Divide Cyclery in Helena, owner Dan Barry says up to 20% or 30% of the bikes he sells are now electrically assisted. He said many of the people who use them are already dedicated drivers. "I`d hate this topic to evolve into a `yes, e-bikes` issue, `No e-bikes,`" Jewett said. I think there are suitable places for electric bikes, and many communities have found these places appropriate, but they are simply not appropriate to have them in our South Hills, which are currently not motorized. OREGON e-bikes are classified as "e-bikes" and are regulated as bicycles as long as the motor has a maximum power of 1000 W. Has pedals that propel the bike with human power and do not exceed 20 miles per hour.