As electric bikes grow in popularity, more and more people want to take them on Michigan State Park trails. While some bike owners are already doing this, the state would like to make it legal for them to do so.

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According to Fox 17, under Michigan law, Class 1 e-bikes – which are e-bikes that are pedal-assisted and can go up to 20 mph – are allowed on improved surface trails, which are trails that are paved or consist of gravel or asphalt.

The current law that is in place does not allow all electric bikes on natural surface trails. The proposed change would put an end to that, sort of.

The push is to allow Class 2 e-bikes, which are throttle- and pedal-assisted up to 20 mph, on both paved trails and natural surface trails. Of course, you would need a permit.

Owners that have a Class 3 e-bike would still not be allowed on natural surface trails as they can go up to 28 mph.

DNR State Trails Coordinator Tim Novak:

This change would make trails more accessible for people who may not have the physical ability to ride a traditional bike. This would include individuals living with disabilities, older adults, and really anyone who wishes to experience some assistance as they ride a bicycle.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that a public survey will remain open until March 31, with findings set to be presented during the Michigan Natural Resources Commission meeting on April 11.

The e-bike survey can be accessed on the DNR's website.

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