Information Launch Day: September 28, 2019
Speak to: Christie Anastasia, 207 288-8806
BAR HARBOR, MAINE – Beginning on September 28, 2019, the Nationwide Park Company (NPS) will permit Class 1 electric bicycles (e-bikes) the place conventional bicycles are permitted in Acadia National Park dependable with NPS Policy Memorandum 19-01 on Electrical Bicycles. The coverage defines Class 1 e-bikes as electric bicycles equipped with a motor that supplies support only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to offer support when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 mph. Electric bicycles present expanded choices for readers who desire to trip a bicycle but might be constrained because of physical physical fitness, age, or if not. All a few classes of e-bikes continue on to be permitted where by motor autos are allowed in Acadia National Park.
Course 2 e-bikes are electrical bicycles geared up with a motor that may well be employed completely to propel the bicycle, and that is not able of giving help when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 mph. Course 2 e-bikes continue on to be prohibited on the carriage roads and Schoodic bike paths due to the fact they can be powered by a throttle that does not require the rider to pedal.
Class 3 e-bikes are electric bicycles equipped with a motor that gives aid only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide help when the bicycle reaches the velocity of 28 mph. Course 3 e-bikes go on to be prohibited on the carriage roadways and Schoodic bicycle paths for the reason that of heightened protection dangers in the context of a gravel surface shared by substantial concentrations of slower-transferring pedestrians and equestrians, together with horse-drawn carriages, conventional bicyclists, and runners and since of the possible for exceeding the velocity limit.
In addition to responding to the Coverage Memorandum, the NPS has minimized the velocity restrict on the carriage roads and Schoodic bicycle paths from 25 mph to 20 mph to ensure the protection of all consumers. E-bicycle users also want to be mindful that Island Explorer buses and Bike Specific trailers are not transporting e-bikes at this time thanks to load limitations.
The NPS will keep track of the use of e-bikes on the carriage roadways and Schoodic bike paths to document and assess prospective impacts on the customer practical experience (which includes safety worries and user conflicts), resources, and facilities. The NPS reserves the suitable to restrict, prohibit, or impose other ailments on e-bike use in the future after using into thought community health and security, natural and cultural source security, and other management actions and goals.
The NPS reminds bicyclists on the carriage roadways and Schoodic bicycle paths to adhere to the next guidelines and safety advisories:
- Bicyclists generate to all buyers.
- Gradual down. Dashing can be harmful.
- Be well prepared to end. Sudden stops are harmful on unfastened gravel.
- Remain to the suitable. Give a apparent warning ahead of passing on the still left.
- Shift to the facet when stopped.
- Maine state legislation involves that helmets be worn by all bicyclists underneath age 16.
Read additional about Electric powered Bicycles (e-bikes) in Nationwide Parks, National Park Service’s new electric powered bicycle (e-bicycle) coverage, and Bicycling in Acadia Nationwide Park.