Biking in Bend parks is a great activity to share with families and friends alike with fresh air, a little exercise and interesting sights to see. With many off-street trails available, the parks’ trail system is well-suited for all ages to pedal together.
With the rise in popularity of e-bikes, here’s a refresher on the rules for such bikes in Bend parks. Electric-assisted bicycles, as defined in ORS 801.258, and when operated in accordance with these rules, are permitted on trails and pathways except as prohibited by the Executive Director or a Designee. Electric assisted bicycles are subject to all District rules applicable to bicycles.
According to the state of Oregon, “electric assisted bicycle” means a vehicle that:
- Is designed to be operated on the ground on wheels;
- Has a seat or saddle for use of the rider;
- Is designed to travel with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground;
- Has both fully operative pedals for human propulsion and an electric motor; and
- Is equipped with an electric motor that:
- Has a power output of not more than 1,000 watts; and
- Is incapable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of greater than 20 miles per hour on level ground.
Above all, respect other trail users, watch your speed, have fun and be safe. Here are some favorites bike paths and trails to consider: