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Electric bikes now OK to use in portions of Glacier, Yellowstone parks

E-bikes are allowed everywhere that traditional bicycles are allowed
Posted at 9:24 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 23:25:46-04

If you want to ride an electric bike (e-bike) in Glacier National Park or Yellowstone National Park, now you can.

Both parks said in separate news releases on Thursday that e-bikes are now allowed everywhere that traditional bicycles are allowed in Yellowstone and Glacier.

Similar to traditional bicycles, e-bikes are not allowed in designated wilderness, in areas managed as wilderness, or on oversnow roads in the winter.

E-bikes are low-speed electric bicycles with power assistance. The operator of an e-bike 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. Motor bikes with a throttle are not e-bikes. All bicyclists must obey speed limits and any other state traffic laws.

The superintendent of each park retains the right to limit, restrict, or impose conditions of bicycle use and e-bike use in the future in order to ensure visitor safety and resource protection.

The news releases note that the same policy also applies to Grand Teton National Park, and e-bikes are also allowed on the pathways in the National Elk Refuge that connect to Grand Teton National Park.