(b) Use of Administrative Roads
(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 allowed in the Blue Ridge Parkway where traditional bicycles are allowed. E-bikes are prohibited where traditional bicycles are prohibited. Except where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, using the electric motor to move an e-bike without pedaling is prohibited.
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.