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/