E-bikes are regulated like bicycles. The same rules of the road apply to both e-bikesand human-powered bicycles.
E-bikes are not subject to the registration, licensing or insurance requirements that apply to motor vehicles.
Utah designates three classes of e-bikes, and distinguishes lower speed electric bicycles that reach motor-assisted speeds of up to 2020 miles per hour, from higher "speed pedelecs" which have motors that provide assistance up to 28 miles per hour.
E-bikes are allowed on bike paths but not on sidewalks.
On federal, state, county and local trails, e-mountain bike (eMTB) access varies significantly.
Generally, any natural surface trail that is designated as open to both motorized and non-motorized uses is also open to eMTBs.
eMTBs may not be allowed on trails managed for non-motorized activities.
Do not ride your eMTB in areas where the local rules are unclear. Ride legally and only on authorized trails to show that mountain bikers are responsible trail users.
When in doubt, ask your local land manager about access to specific trails. Local land rules change frequently.
UTAH’S E-BIKE LAW FOR TRAILS
LOCAL: Consult your local land management agency.
STATE: Utah State Parks allows electric bikes on non-motorized trails open for bikes. Contact Utah State Parks for more information.
FEDERAL: as of August 29th 2019 all eBikes up to 750 watt can now access Federal Lands and natural parks anywhere a regular bicycle can access. The one exception is National Forests, the forests are managed by the Department of Agriculture and these changes are not implemented yet on the forests. Changes are happening to align all Federal land to the recent Order. Contact the U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Regional Office or the BLM Utah State Office Bend National Park for more information.
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