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    Ebike trial at your local single track.

    What if an advocacy group got permission to do a trial run of ebike access to your local trail? Would you oppose them doing trial access to scientifically assess pros and cons of ebike access at your trailhead? Seems reasonable for some places to try this and get feedback from the community.

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    I'd love to see a thorough, well thought out and executed scientific test that compares electric bikes to bicycles and I'd be fine with that happening at my local trails.

    I think it will be difficult to fully evaluate their impact though because it's impossible to predict their future popularity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    I think it will be difficult to fully evaluate their impact though because it's impossible to predict their future popularity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantastic79 View Post
    What if an advocacy group got permission to do a trial run of ebike access to your local trail? Would you oppose them doing trial access to scientifically assess pros and cons of ebike access at your trailhead? Seems reasonable for some places to try this and get feedback from the community.
    Not legal for the most part where I ride on multi use, off road trails. That would be a no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    I'd love to see a thorough, well thought out and executed scientific test that compares electric bikes to bicycles and I'd be fine with that happening at my local trails.

    I think it will be difficult to fully evaluate their impact though because it's impossible to predict their future popularity.
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    My org is in the process of working with a local engineering program to undertake a study to evaluate the impact of 250-750w emtbs on our local trails and soils, as well as capture speed data. There are a few problems with it, one being that you can't ride them legally in very many places, which we should be able to get around, and the other being there isn't much to choose from in an OEM 750w etmb. We have industry contacts though, so it'll likely come together.

    It won't be a trial period though open to the public, just a controlled study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantastic79 View Post
    What if an advocacy group got permission to do a trial run of ebike access to your local trail? Would you oppose them doing trial access to scientifically assess pros and cons of ebike access at your trailhead? Seems reasonable for some places to try this and get feedback from the community.
    Jefferson County (Colorado) Open Space already did a small trial ebike run, although I believe it was Class 1 only. You could try them, although I doubt they would go with anything over 250W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honkinunit View Post
    Jefferson County (Colorado) Open Space already did a small trial ebike run, although I believe it was Class 1 only. You could try them, although I doubt they would go with anything over 250W.
    yeah, unfortunately that study was not done well and had some mis-guided results as was pointed out in the thread in here about that study.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantastic79 View Post
    What if an advocacy group got permission to do a trial run of ebike access to your local trail? Would you oppose them doing trial access to scientifically assess pros and cons of ebike access at your trailhead? Seems reasonable for some places to try this and get feedback from the community.
    If they got permission what are we going to do chain ourselves to the gates to stop e-bikes from getting on the trails?? I don't own the land so once they have permission they can do what they are permitted to do.

    Will that change my opposition to motorized recreation on non-motorized trails? No.
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