Action Alert: Public Comment on Public Land E-bike Use Ends Soon

June 3, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

Recently, National Deer Alliance (NDA) members had the opportunity to voice their opinions on electric bicycles (e-bikes) use on public lands via our Hunter’s Voice survey. Members were on the fence – just over half (56%) of responding members said they support the use of e-bikes for hunting or recreational purposes on public lands. 17% were unsure.

Now, members can make their opinions official by submitting public comments with respect to Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretarial Order 3376. The purpose of SO 3376 is to simplify and unify regulation of e-bikes on Federal lands managed by DOI and also decreases regulatory burden. The Order is “intended to increase recreational opportunities for all Americans, especially those with physical limitations, and to encourage the enjoyment of lands and waters managed by the Department of the Interior.”

Ultimately, SO 3376 establishes three classifications of e-bikes:

  • "Class 1 electric bicycle" shall mean an electric bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour;
  • "Class 2 electric bicycle" shall mean an electric bicycle equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour; and
  • "Class 3 electric bicycle" shall mean an electric bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 miles per hour

Regulation of e-bike use on certain Federal lands would be dependent upon the classification status. The Order also states that e-bikes shall be allowed where other types of bicycles are allowed and shall not be allowed where other types of bicycles are prohibited.

Four services and bureaus housed in DOI are accepting public comments on the use of e-bikes on Federal lands, but comment periods will close in the coming days. Check out the list below for closing dates and links to submit comments.


National Park Service (NPS) – closes June 8, 2020: COMMENT HERE


Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) – closes June 8, 2020: COMMENT HERE


Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – closes June 9, 2020: COMMENT HERE

 

Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) – closes June 12, 2020: COMMENT HERE