Oregon, Home to Many E-Bike Companies Isn’t All that Welcoming After All


As the Electric Bike Industry and biking advocacy groups like People for Bikes continue to press for legal approval across the country they’re fighting headwinds in a variety of places. While most in the industry know about the very public and protracted battle that’s been raging in the New York Legislature for years, we were surprised to find that in one of the states that we thought was one of the most e-bike friendly in the nation, things are not quite as good as they seem.  It turns out that in Oregon, home to a growing biking and e-biking industry, it’s illegal to ride e-bikes on state trails, even the paved ones.  “Absurd”, you might say, and so did we when we came across this well-researched piece from Bike Portland.org

Not so fast e-bike riders: Motors aren’t allowed on bike paths in Oregon State Parks

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