E-bikes (electric-assist or pedal-assist bicycles) are allowed on paved trails, singletrack mountain bike trails, and wherever traditional bicycles are allowed if they meet the state’s definition and requirements (subdivision 27), which includes bikes that have:
- 2 or 3 wheels
- A saddle and functioning pedals
- A an electric motor that:
- is 1,000 watts or less
- cannot propel the bike over 20 mph even with the assistance of human power
- disengages when the brakes are applied
A motorized bicycle that does not meet this definition is not allowed on any Park District trails.
When riding on paved trails, please remember to yield to pedestrians and slower trail users, and give an audible signal when passing.
Segways (or electric personal assistive mobility devices) are allowed on paved trails, or wherever pedestrians are allowed , but must be operated at a speed that is reasonable and prudent under the conditions.
Other Mobility Devices
The Park District will allow appropriate Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD) in parks and trails to assist persons with mobility disabilities to more fully enjoy park areas, facilities and trails. Please refer to the Park District’s existing policy on using motorized wheelchairs, mobility scooters and other power-driven mobility devices in the parks.