Q: How does IMBA view electric assist and electric bicycles (e-‐Bikes)?
A: Electric bicycles are a welcome addition to the cycling community. They allow for carrying heavy loads and offer assistance to those who could not otherwise experience much of the fun of cycling and add a de minimus amount of additional impact. However, the use of a motor whether internal combustion or electric would require changing the classification to a motorized use. IMBA would support the use of e-Bikes anywhere that we could also support other motorized uses.
Blog posting and [C]omments here:
Electric Mountain Bikes - Coming to a Trail Near You?
The usual double-talk. Ebikes are great! Just keep them off our trails and out of our bike lanes!