What Are The Potential Impacts Of E-Bikes In Parks Throughout The Nationwide Park System?

NPS seeks public enter on the potential impacts of e-bikes in parks throughout the Nationwide Park System

WASHINGTON — The Nationwide Park Service (NPS) introduced an open remark interval for members of the general public and native, State, Tribal, and Federal companies to supply suggestions on a programmatic environmental evaluation (PEA) that evaluates the potential national-level impacts of electrical bicycle (e-bike) use in nationwide parks. The remark interval is open from June 21 to July 21, 2023.

E-bikes can have many advantages for parks and guests together with making journey simpler, increasing entry for these with bodily limitations, and offering wholesome recreation alternatives. On the similar time, the NPS should handle this rising type of entry and recreation, like others that happen in park areas, in a way that protects park assets, values, and guests. The PEA evaluates potential impacts to pure and cultural assets, and customer use and expertise, and wildlife on a nationwide scale.

“Presently, NPS laws authorize park superintendents to permit e-bikes, the place acceptable, on roads and trails the place conventional bicycles are allowed. Public lands designated by Congress as ‘wilderness areas‘ stay off-limits to each conventional bicycles and e-bikes. The NPS is conducting the PEA in line with court docket course to finish an evaluation in line with the Nationwide Environmental Coverage Act.”

How you can present suggestions:

On-line: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/e-bikes

Mail or hand ship to: Electrical Bicycle Programmatic EA, Nationwide Park Service, 1849 C Avenue NW, MS-2472 Washington, DC 20240.

Be aware that feedback is not going to be accepted by fax, e-mail, or in any approach aside from these specified above. Feedback delivered on exterior digital storage units (flash drives, compact discs, and so forth.) is not going to be accepted. Bulk feedback in any format (onerous copy or digital) submitted on behalf of others is not going to be accepted.

Republished from Nationwide Park System.


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