Nov. 5, 2009 – The subject of electric bikes really has not been an issue on local trails; but yet the Nevada legislature passed AB 441 this last session specifically allowing them on trails and pedestrian walkways that were built with certain* Federal money. In the legislation the electric bicylce is defined as follows:
AB 441 became effective October 1, 2009. In summary the bill provides that,
First, electric bikes do not have to be registered as a motor vehicle.
Second, they do not require a driver’s license.
Third, they are okay to ride on federally funded bike trails just like regular bikes.
Fourth, they are to be included in bike riding safety programs.
Fifth, electric bikes must follow same traffic laws as regular bikes.
Are electric bcycles allowed on the River Mountains Loop Trail? The answer would seem to be yes, but the law states certain Federally funded trails and walkways. Those certain funds appear to be Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) dollars which were used in limited areas of trail construction. As stated earlier this has not been an issue up to now. The RMTP is reviewing this legislation and other issues related to authorized and unauthorized uses on the River Mountains loop Trail.