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National Park Service Challenges Mandated E-Bike Rule Review

July 26, 2022, 7:53 PM

The National Park Service will ask the D.C. Circuit to overturn a judge’s finding that its rule allowing the use of e-bikes within the parks system needs further environmental review, according to a notice filed in a Washington, D.C., federal court.

The agency’s final rule issued in 2020 said e-bikes were allowed on park roads, trails, and other areas open to traditional bicycles. This prompted a lawsuit by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and other conservation groups that argued the rule, and a policy directive issued previously in support of the change, violated various federal procedural and environmental laws.

The ...