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Electric bikes now allowed in Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton national parks

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Posted at 8:29 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 22:54:12-04

MISSOULA — Electric bikes are now allowed everywhere that traditional bicycles roam in Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, as well as the National Elk Refuge.

Thursday’s announcement came following release of a new National Park Service policy governing e-bikes and an order from the Interior Secretary.

The permission also extends to pathways that connect the elk refuge with Grand Teton Park.

However, e-bikes are not allowed in designated wilderness, in areas managed as wilderness, or on over-snow roads in the winter. The same is true for traditional bikes.

Under the new rules, e-bike riders may only use the motor to assist pedal propulsion.

“The motor may not be used to propel an e-bike without the rider also pedaling, except in locations open to public motor vehicle traffic,” the secretary’s order reads. “Motor bikes with a throttle are not e-bikes. All bicyclists must obey speed limits and any other state traffic laws.”

If necessary, the Park Service said, managers of individual national parks can limit, restrict or impose additional conditions on the use of electric bikes (and traditional bikes).