Listen Live

- Advertisement -
HomeNewsBC Parks announce new e-bike policy

BC Parks announce new e-bike policy

The growing popularity of electric bikes has caused BC Parks to implement an e-bike policy.

This is to help protect sensitive wildlife, ecosystems and cultural values province-wide. The policy offers guidelines on how BC Park visitors can use their e-bike in the parks.

The ministry is using the 3 class system when it comes to e-bikes.

Class 1 is a bike that goes up to a maximum of 32 km/h and is only a pedal assist. This bike is allowed where mountain biking and cycling are already permitted.

Class 2 is a bike that also only goes up to a maximum of 32 km/h but uses a throttle. The Class 2 e-bike will only be allowed on park roadways and where motorized use is allowed.

Class 3 is a bike that is not legal in Canada because it can go to a higher speed and can be used with either pedal or throttle.

Jonathan Lokhorst, BC Parks business analyst said the e-bikes have a big impact on wildlife.

“ It’s very important that we’re setting up a framework that will allow this recreational use of e-bikes in specific areas but in areas where there very sensitive ecosystems or very sensitive grizzly bear habitats, migratory corridors and that sort of thing that we are limiting e-bike use,” said Lokhorst.

Lokhorst also said the park rangers will be enforcing the e-bike policy effective immediately.

“We will be focusing, like a lot of our other policies we will be focusing on education, an educate first method, however anybody who is not voluntarily compliant could also face a fine anywhere from $100 to $575,” said Lokhorst.

Anyone with an e-bike can go to the BC Parks website for more information on the policy.

Something going on in the Bulkley Valley Lakes District you think people should know about?
Send us a news tip by emailing [email protected].

Continue Reading

More