Wyoming State Parks allowing some electronic bicycles to be used on trails and roadways

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -- Wyoming State Parks will be allowing type one electric bicycles on some of the non-motorized trails and roadways. The law is set to take effect on July 1, 2019.

Domenic Bravo, Administrator for Wyoming State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Office, said, “It’s a great announcement for us and we’re really excited to allow another usership on our amazing trails.” Type one E-bikes are just like any other mountain bike except for there’s a power switch that turns on a rechargeable motor to assist bikers on the trails. Dominic Bravo with Wyoming State Parks said you still need to be pedalling for the motor to engage on these bikes.

Patrick Harrington, Superintendent of Curt Gowdy State Park, said, “I think this recent legislation is a great time to remind ourselves about trail etiquette. Things like staying on the trail, this is critically important for us to maintain trails.” And while you’re biking on trails, Superintendent of Curt Gowdy wanted to remind everyone to yield to people on horseback or those walking.

The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office said its research shows E-bike sales and manufacturing are climbing. Domenic Bravo said for those aging or who may have had an injury preventing them from biking, this may allow them to get back to doing something they love. Bravo said, “You know this new way of riding provides them that opportunity. It’s a way to give the public more access. Keeping families together, keeping couples together that maybe enjoy getting outdoors and now have the ability to do so with this new technology.”

For more information go to wyoparks.org.