PA is more open to ebikes than most states. Some do, some spin. Keep spinning your web.So PA essentially adopted the 2002 federal "low speed electric bicycle" definition in 2014 and called them "pedalcycles with electric assist. (PWEA_" Very cute, I sure some lawmakers were feeling really smart that they could invent a new name for the same thing federally defined 12 years earlier (apply for copyright). Lightning fast adoption rate that any state resident should be proud of. I wonder if ebikes were actually illegal prior to VEHICLE CODE (75 PA.C.S.) but we don't need to go backwards or it could take decades for PA to get caught up again.
So then along come the land managers and they look at the state law and freak out over the fact that it allows throttles. I can only imagine the horror they felt as no one should have to endure that suffrage (we should all pitch in and buy them the full video series of Duck Dynasty). I'm sure the stress of thinking about the massive trail damage and human carnage on the paths if they just accepted the states definition for trail use kept them up for weeks. Then one day, one of them thought wow "we just need to keep the throttles off our trails and everything will be alright"...and so the stage was set for the compromise and the PA Class 1 trail PWEA was defined and everyone had class 1 trail access. Happy ever after.
Ok, I'm sorry for dry humor but I didn't really absorb earlier that you did say that PA was not even a 3-class state. So did they really say in front of others that a 20mph pedalcycle was OK but a 20mph throttle-assist ebike was not. Did anyone asked the obvious physics questions as to how they are really different or did the echo chamber just engulf the room? Given that PA allowed the trail managers to define their own "legal ebike" for trail use maybe they can keep that in place even if the CPSC preempts the 3-class system in all 28 adopted states. Maybe the state should import the 250W 15mph EU ebikes just for trail use.
I understand it was a compromise and if everyone is happy with it I hope it doesn't change but my guess is it will change in the next year or two. Just a hunch.
Our country should be proud....while we are fighting over trail access China is moving fast forward on artificial intelligence, solid state batteries, quantum computers, etc.