EBike

MANSFIELD -- The Richland County Park District Board believes EBikes are a benefit to persons with physical fitness concerns, disabilities, older riders, and bike commuters who otherwise may not be able to ride on a trail.

Class 1 and Class 2 EBikes as defined by Ohio Law are permitted to be used on the Richland B&O Trail.

Class 3 EBikes are NOT permitted.

Policy:

Ohio's law (HB 250, December 2018 - see https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-250 at page 16) places e-bikes meeting the specifications of one of the three classes in the Ohio Vehicle Code as bicycles. The classes are based on the throttle design and maximum assist speed of the electric motor. The classes are defined as follows:

Class 1 - A bicycle equipped with an electric motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

Class 2 - A bicycle equipped with an electric motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

Class 3 - A bicycle equipped with an electric motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 miles per hour and is equipped with a speedometer.

Class 1 and Class 2 EBikes operate within the nominal speed ranges an unassisted rider can maintain for a short period of time, so are permitted for use on the B&O Trail. Class 3 can operate at a much higher speed, and would present a safety issue, so are not permitted for use.

All riders are encouraged to operate their bikes at a speed appropriate to Trail conditions such as surface, grade, visibility, weather and traffic. Courtesy and right of way should always be given to slower trail users (walkers, runners, other cyclists).

All the B&O Trail Rules may be found at http://www.gormannaturecenter.org/index.php/en/meet-us/visit

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