All valid questions. It's not a clear cut issue.I’m curious about the rationale behind assuming E-Bikes should be allowed wherever bicycles are allowed.
Is it because they have the potential of being partially powered by the rider? If that is the case, should a traditional moped with an internal combustion engine be allowed in the same places?
Is it because they are electrically powered and thus quiet? If that is the case, should electric motorcycles be allowed in the same places?
Is it some combination of factors - they are electrically powered (quiet) and have the potential of being partially powered by the rider? Thus excluding electric motorcycles (no power from the rider) and traditional mopeds (not quiet)?
I don’t mean to start an argument - I’m just honestly curious about the proposal!
As we discussed in the other thread I linked, use studies of affected trails would probably answer many questions better than anything else. I'd also rather local management makes the final decision, since they're in the best position to see how e-bikes are working on their trails.