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Information iconCyclists enjoy a ride at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah. (Photo: J. Barney)

In fall 2019 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a new policy permitting the use of electric bicycles (e-bikes) on select national wildlife refuges, thereby expanding recreational opportunities for visitors, including people with physical limitations. The policy supports Secretary’s Order 3376 (PDF), signed by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on August 29, that directs Department of the Interior bureaus to create a clear and consistent e-bike policy on all federal lands managed by the department. 

Under the policy, e-bike use will be permitted at any refuge where biking is consistent with the site’s statutory purpose. The policy will permit visitors to use low-speed e-bikes on refuge roads, trails and other areas where traditional bikes are allowed.

This policy will increase fun and healthy recreational opportunities for visitors to our national wildlife refuges and support active transportation options.

Check with the refuge you’re visiting for details about where e-bikes are permitted. Bicycles of any kind are not allowed in designated wilderness areas.

Permitted e-bikes fall into one of these three categories.

When riding e-bikes in national wildlife refuges, follow all applicable regulations and be aware of these safety considerations: