Tuesday, July 2, 2019

E-Bikes now allowed on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

We at Century Cycles have just received word from officials within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that they are updating their policy on the use of electric bicycles on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail within the park.

Effective immediately (July 2, 2019), Class 1 and Class 2 electric bicycles are now allowed to be used on the Towpath Trail within the CVNP without restrictions. No special permit is required. Class 3 electric bicycles are NOT allowed on the Towpath Trail.

This policy is consistent with similar policies adopted by neighboring park jurisdictions. Classes of electric bicycles are defined in the recently-enacted law in the state of Ohio:
  • Class 1 electric bicycle means a bicycle that is equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.
  • Class 2 electric bicycle means a bicycle that is equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts that may provide assistance regardless of whether the rider is pedaling and is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.
  • Class 3 electric bicycle means a bicycle that is equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 miles per hour.
No electric bicycles are allowed on the East Rim Mountain Bike Trails.

Stop into our Medina and Rocky River stores to see our full selection of electric bicycles, including the Giant LaFree E+2, Giant Quick E+, and Electra Townie Go 8D!

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