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Many riders feel they need or want throttles, I personally don't have any issue with class 2. Unfortunately the trend in many areas of North America is against access for throttle ebikes on these off road paths and trails. Europe went the same way years ago. The 3 class designations have brought these targeted regulations. I see less acceptance for throttles in the future.I still don't understand why the Park's Advisory Board wants to make such a big issue about Class 2 E-bikes. I think having a throttle actually makes an E-bike
safer to ride, especially when just starting out from a dead stop. JMHO
We did inform them about MD new law. Unfortunately none of these laws pertain to off road trails and paths. I wish they did! The best comparison for off road acceptance is PA DCNR and the Fed Dept of the Interior, National Parks. We did all we could do, I hope it was enough. Now it's time to wait and see.Now that Maryland has passed a 3 class ebike law, perhaps they will be allowed on the Torrey C Brown Trail. Since the TCB is effectively the lower half of the Heritage Trail, this could apply some pressure on York County to do the same.
Thanks to member Dewey for posting the link in another thread.
We were asked to not divulge the development publically back in December. The proposal has to be approved by the county commissioners, which we as of last week have three new commissioners. There are only three.Today ,1/15/2020,I stopped in the York County Parks Dept. office to renew my permit for riding a ebike on the York Heritage Rail Trail. I was told that that is not necessary anymore,and the office is waiting on legalese wording to permit ebikes on the trail . The Rangers have been instructed concerning this development,and this news can be shared publicly.
I would say, Unless you have a class 1, don't ride on the HRT. Why push it and ruin it for others. not pedaling on a class 2 is no different than the battery-powered mopeds some kids are using.
I am 69 with some joint issues. I wanted a Class 2 bike so that if my joints started to become painful or if I twisted my ankle on uneven ground, I could use the throttle to get home. It was a backup; not the primary means to ride on the trail. I thought like others that if I unplug the throttle or removed it from the bike I would be considered a Class 1. After reading people’s encounters with authority, I decided they would be as ignorant about E-Bike classes as I was when I first became interested in them. Realizing that every E-Bike that interested me had a label that stated what class it was, I would be hard pressed to try and explain why my Class 2 E-bike was no longer a Class 2. All they would do is look at was the label. Therefore, I thought it would be safer to get a Class 1.
I believe posted speed limits on the trail would cover everyone that had a speedometer, otherwise it is somewhat useless for the cantering horse or the marathon runner that overtook me trying not to break her pace. But that doesn’t solve the problem of safety. If I am the only one in a section of trail, what harm am I doing if I am going fast as long as I am at a speed that I can slow/stop if someone comes out of the bushes unexpectedly? A slow 10 MPH limit does not make for safety when you blow by a group of people from behind with little kids that didn’t hear you coming. Some bike riders will verbally announce “On the left” when they come through, but still sometimes way too fast for people who are walking; especially with dogs. I usually give one ding on my bell as I come up slowly behind them. I used to totally ring the bell which had multiple dings in one pull. I had no idea that it was that loud until I saw the startled reactions of the people. They usually moved in a panic manner to one side of the trail. One group of people split and it was only because I was going near their speed that I didn’t hit the people who jumped in front of me without looking. For safety on the trail, a sign stating something like this may be more helpful. “Anyone passing another person will pass them no faster than a walking speed of about 4 MPH.” Announcing your intentions by voice or bell is also a good safety measure and required in some places. I recommend not using a bell with horses; especially if they are a retired race horse. J