EUGENE, Ore. — A proposal would allow electric bicycles on Oregon beaches as soon as this summer.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s rule changes would permit e-bikes on the sand between the low-tide waterline and vegetation line along portions of the coast, said Katie Gauthier, legislative and policy coordinator of Oregon State Parks.

“This would be to allow electric bicycles in the same places (on the beaches) where we allow regular bicycles,” she said.

Current rules allow bicycles, but not e-bikes, on about 130 miles (209.2 kilometers) of trails and roads on state parks around Oregon. The agency allows bikes, but not e-bikes, on many of Oregon’s beaches.

Under its proposal, Oregon State Parks would allow e-bikes on trails and roads 8 feet (2.4 meters) wide and wider in public parks the agency oversees, The Register-Guard reported .

Oregon law classifies electric-assisted bicycles as bikes with electric motors under 1,000 watts and incapable of speeds faster than 20 mph (32 kph) on flat ground. The law stipulates that the rider must be 16 or older.

The deadline for public comments on the plan is 5 p.m. May 18.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission likely will vote on the proposal at its June meeting.


Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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