UROC Policy on E-Bikes

September 7, 2017

One of the United Riders of Cumberland’s core purposes is to advocate for non-motorized trail use on privately owned lands. The agreement reached with the private landowners around Cumberland in 2015 specifically grants access for non-motorized, recreational use of the trails and for motorized access when necessary for events or trail work. While we understand that there are many variants of electric assist bikes (e-bikes), UROC considers them to be motorized and does not support their use on the Cumberland trail network at this time.

UROC also recognizes that the use of e-bikes on mountain bike trails is still evolving, that there benefits to segments of the cycling community, and that many issues have yet to be evaluated properly, including trail safety, user conflict/etiquette and trail impacts. UROC will monitor and
re-evaluate this policy and advocacy position as more legitimate and informed research and case become available.