Arizona Trails Opening to E-bikes

As of January 1st, 2019, in Maricopa County Parks Class 1 and 2 e-bikes are now legal. Below is the information from the Maricopa County FAQ and a link to the page. South Mountain has also opened up to Class 1 and 2 e-bikes as well. Both land managers are following the legislation passed by the State of Arizona categorizing Class 1 and Class 2 ebikes as bicycles. So, Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes are allowed on any trail a bicycle is.

Effective January 1, 2019 – The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will be adhering to ARS 28-819 when it comes to e-bikes. The statute states:

A: An operator of an electric bicycle is granted all the rights and privileges and is subject to all of the duties of a person riding a bicycle. Except as otherwise provided in this section, an electric bicycle is subject to the same provisions of this title as a bicycle.

B: An electric bicycle is not subject to the provisions of this title relating to certificates of title, registration, vehicle license tax, driver licenses or vehicle insurance.

C: Beginning January 1, 2019, manufacturers and distributors of electric bicycles shall apply a label that is permanently affixed, in a prominent location, to each electric bicycle. The label shall contain the classification number, top assisted speed and motor wattage of the electric bicycle and shall be printed in at least nine-point type.

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D: A class 1 electric bicycle or a class 2 electric bicycle may be used on bicycle and multiuse paths. A local authority or agency of this state having jurisdiction over a bicycle or multiuse path may prohibit the operation of a class 1 electric bicycle or class 2 electric bicycle on the path.

  • “Class 1 electric bicycle” means a bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with an electric motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle or tricycle reaches the speed of twenty miles per hour.
  • “Class 2 electric bicycle” means a bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with an electric motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle or tricycle and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle or tricycle reaches the speed of twenty miles per hour.

For More information, visit: Maricopacountyparks.net/faq