New legislative report shows public opinion split regarding e-bike use on WDFW and DNR-managed lands

A robust public process

The report culminates a 9-month process that included tribal roundtable meetings, virtual town hall meetings attended by more than 250 people, an online public survey garnering more than 7,000 responses, and a literature and policy review.

Report recommendations

The report recommends future decisions about e-bike use should be made as part of local or regional planning processes with input from tribal governments, resource experts, and the public. This localized approach recognizes that our next steps around e-bike use on state-managed lands will likely vary landscape to landscape to be able to address unique resources and potential impacts.

  • E-bikes should continue to be allowed on roads and trails open to motorized use.
  • All natural surface trails and roads closed to motorized use should remain closed to e-bike use unless or until signed open.
  • Any roads or trails where e-bikes are deemed appropriate will be open to all three classes as defined by the State of Washington (RCW 46.04.169).
  • E-bikes should be considered a new use separate from traditional biking.

Current e-bike rules and next steps

WDFW and DNR are ready to begin the recommended process outlined in the report, pending legislative response and outcomes.

Infographic courtesy of DNR.

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