36 CFR §4.30 Bicycles

(b) Use of Administrative Roads

  • Open unless signed for closure to bikes and/or all access.

(b) Use of Existing Trails

  • No trails are currently authorized for use by bicycles.

Use of e-bikes where bicycle use is authorized as stated above in §4.30:

  • The term “e-bike” means a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.).
    • E-bikes are prohibited wherever traditional bicycles are prohibited.
    • Use of e-bikes that do not meet the definition above are prohibited behind closed roadway gates when the area is still open to general, non-vehicular use.
    • E-bikes meeting the definition above are allowed within the boundaries of the Blue Ridge Parkway where traditional bicycles are allowed, including behind closed roadway gates when the area is still open to general, non-vehicular use.

A person operating an e-bike is subject to the following sections of 36 CFR part 4 that apply to the use of traditional bicycles: sections 4.12, 4.13, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23, and 4.30(h)(2)-(5).

Except as specified in this Compendium, the use of an e-bike within the Blue Ridge Parkway is governed by State law, which is adopted and made a part of this Compendium. Any violation of State law adopted by this paragraphis prohibited.

  • The Superintendent may authorize by designation bicycle use on a hiking or horse trail that currently exists on the ground and does not require any construction or significant modification to accommodate bicycles. The Superintendent must complete a park planning document that addresses bicycle use of the trail that includes an evaluation of: The suitability of the trail surface, life cycle of the maintenance costs, safety considerations, methods to prevent or minimize user conflict and methods to protect natural and cultural resources.

Index to Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent's Compendium

Last updated: February 23, 2021

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