I am waiting for my ebikekit to convert my Sun EZ-3 USXHD trike to electric. I have been doing a lot of research on federal, state and local laws and creating a Word document with links, documents, and quotes for each category. I like to be pre-emptive and proactive. That way I can print up the necessary documents, laminate them, and have them ready to show if necessary. I was very happy to find this forum and look forward to learning from all of you and your extensive experience and knowledge.
I bought my bike in 2009 and rode it a little over a year. I had to buy a trike because of a major balance issue. Since then both knees are bone on bone, and a ruptured lower disc have further limited my abilities. I had not known about the availability of ebikes/trikes. Watching YouTube videos, websites such as this one, and other research opened up a whole new world of opportunity to see so much more than just from a car. A recumbent trike gives me a low center of gravity, longer wheelbase (which also helps with stability), and the EZ-3 HD can handle my weight. I am top heavy and would be unstable sitting on a normal trike, such as a fat tire unit, which I would really like to have. The Not a Wheel Chair looks like it would be great, except I noticed the young woman, as light as she is, was unstable when tipping towards the side.
I hope to help contribute information on various aspects of laws and regulations. I see that some people have already contributed links and quotes from some of the information I have found. Today I found what appears to be one of the best, reasonable, well written, and thorough policies I have found. I sent them an email today thanking them for developing and implementing such a good policy. Agencies appreciate hearing compliments, not just complaints. Since I live in California I had already been researching the state laws and regulations. I was not happy with what I found from the State Park's OPDMD policy and kept searching. In doing so I came across the East Bay Regional Parks District. It covers quite a few parks, trails, lakes, and other recreational opportunities. It is located on the East side of the San Francisco Bay area. I will attach some relevant PDF documents.
One of the main problems is the size requirements.
California State Parks in their OPDMD limits the size to 36" wide X 48" long. That is very problematic for anyone with an ebike or trike and would seem to violate the ADA and the definition of OPDMDs. I checked that great looking Not a Wheel Chair and it is 32" wide and 60" w/out the bumper. My EZ-3 USX HD is 78" long. Neither one would qualify as a OPDMD per the State Parks policy. I am now composing a message to complain on their restrictive standard and will provide them the great EBRPD policy.
Here is the size standard for the EBRPD policy: OPDMDs shall not be wider than 36” or longer than 48”, except for electric bicycles which may exceed 48” in length.
They also did a great job defining what a OPDMD is, which reflects the U.S. Department of Justice's Disability Rights Section clarification on the new Rules that took effect in 2011.
Other power‐driven mobility device means any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel, or other engines—whether or not designed for use by individuals with mobility disabilities—that is used by individuals with mobility disabilities for the purpose of locomotion, including golf cars, electronic personal assistance mobility devices (EPAMDs), such as the Segway PT, or any mobility device designed to operate in areas without defined pedestrian routes, but that is not a wheelchair.
In California when we are issued a Disability Placard we also get a paper with our information on it stating we qualify to receive it. I plan on affixing when necessary my placard to my trike, and having a copy of that document with me.
I hope this helps those who are trying to get better access in their own local area