A friend saw these signs today, and they make no sense to us. Mountain bikers only use pedal assist while going uphill—going downhill, without pedal assist, they’re going at the same speed as a friction bike. (Even with pedal assist, you can’t go fast uphill as it’s too steep in Santa Barbara.) Wondering if you know anything…. —PJ
“We’ve had an overwhelming amount of complaints and inquiries about e-bikes,” explains Montecito Trails Foundation president Ashlee Mayfield, “and in consultation with local groups and authorities, we felt the best thing for everyone was to have the rules clearly posted.”
And the rules for Los Padres National Forest, set by the U.S. Forest Service, limit e-bikes to “OHV trails, or in layman’s terms, where motorcycles are allowed,” says Mayfield. “That includes West Camino Cielo, Buckhorn Road, Camuesa Road, Divide Peak and Upper Oso.” On other LPNF trails, you can’t be on an e-bike, whether you use the electric aspect or not. (Mayfield adds that e-bikes are welcome at Elings Park and many of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Trails.)
According to the Los Padres Forest Association, the restrictions on e-bikes could be getting a fresh look. Last fall, “the Department of the Interior took a big step towards allowing pedal-assist e-bikes on traditional mountain bike trails within National Parks. This is bound to be a hot topic over the coming years as the Forest Service figures out how to squeeze e-bikes into an existing user-group or decides to create a new user-group altogether.”
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