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08 February 2019

Where is my e-MTB Legal?

Our guide to help find where to ride your Shimano STEPS e-MTB in your area.

If you’ve recently acquired a Shimano STEPS e-MTB, you may have questions about where it can be ridden. Though your local bike shop should be able to help you determine the trails friendly in your area, People for Bikes has done a fantastic job of outlining legal trails throughout the United States.


The BPSA and PeopleForBikes website has a great, interactive e-MTB routes and trails map that can help you find rides in your area. 



The typical consensus in the USA at this time is that all motorized trails are open to e-MTB use. Access on single-track, or non-motorized trails, varies per state and region, so please consult your local land managers if you’re unclear of the law in your area. 


A Class 1 e-bike is categorized as a pedal-assisted electric bicycle, equipped with a motor that only provides assistance when the rider is pedaling and stops providing assistance when the bicycle reaches 20mph.


In 2018, many ski areas with special use permits on federal lands began to actively open their parks up to Class 1 eMTB’s. Active parks at this time include Northstar, CA, Mammoth Bike Park, CA, Purgatory Resort, CO, Steamboat, CO and Highland MTB Park, NH.



As of January 1, 2019 Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department and South Mountain in Arizona opened all trails to Class 1 and 2 e-MTB’s. Similarly, Jefferson County, Colorado has opened all trails to Class 1 e-MTB’s after a testing period with zero conflicts between acoustic cyclists and e-MTB riders.



If you’re interested in making a vacation out of your e-MTB rides, People for Bikes has also created a page with destination-worthy routes. No matter where you’re located in the US, you should be able to use these links as an easy guide to help usher you to the approved, legal areas for your Shimano STEPS e-MTB. Remember to ride within your limits and as always, have fun!



Links & Resources:

PeopleForBikes E-MTB Biking Map - a great resource to find and share local e-MTB friendly trails in your area.

PeopleForBikes Rides and Routes