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DILLIGAF

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Bottom line is if you have a pedal assist bike with a motor rated at 250 watts or less, then you are pretty much considered a bicycle in most, but not all places. For instance AZ signed into law that they are not a motor vehicle and have all the rights of a bicycle. BLM and most National parks do the same, but not all. You are good to go on roads I would guess anywhere, it’s just how much they are accepted off road which is opening up all over as long as it’s assist and 250 watt motor- the battery can be any size.

The key is you can ride farther and breeze the hills where you may not normally want to take a bike. I rode way back in Tonto in an area closed to off roading and got into some nice isolated back country via sand wash. No way you could ride that on a bike. My wife rides to tennis in the summer and doesn’t break a sweat. You can dial it back and peddle more or less. All configurable as you might expect.

Got ya.....sounds like a cool way to see a lot of the national parks.....as long as you don't get run over by a tour bus :)
 
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Bottom line is if you have a pedal assist bike with a motor rated at 250 watts or less, then you are pretty much considered a bicycle in most, but not all places. For instance AZ signed into law that they are not a motor vehicle and have all the rights of a bicycle. BLM and most National parks do the same, but not all. You are good to go on roads I would guess anywhere, it’s just how much they are accepted off road which is opening up all over as long as it’s assist and 250 watt motor- the battery can be any size.

The key is you can ride farther and breeze the hills where you may not normally want to take a bike. I rode way back in Tonto in an area closed to off roading and got into some nice isolated back country via sand wash. No way you could ride that on a bike. My wife rides to tennis in the summer and doesn’t break a sweat. You can dial it back and peddle more or less. All configurable as you might expect.

The only place in AZ I've heard give you hassles are Sedona and Browns ranch in Scottsdale. Browns actually has signs at the entrance "No electric bikes" and I've heard the trail ambassadors will hassle you. I've been there and never had an issue so who knows what the truth is.
 

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Why would they have problems with "pedal assist" electric bikes?
 

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The only place in AZ I've heard give you hassles are Sedona and Browns ranch in Scottsdale. Browns actually has signs at the entrance "No electric bikes" and I've heard the trail ambassadors will hassle you. I've been there and never had an issue so who knows what the truth is.

You can ride at Browns, the signs dont mean shit as they reference the old Scottsdale law that only says “no motorized vehicles” and the new AZ state law clarifies e-bikes are no longer classiifed as motor vehicles. Scottsdale hasn't addressed Ebikes in the law and are hiding behind the old “motorized vehicle” law in an attempt to scare people off.

Just carry AZ ARS 28-819. I ride there as it’s just down the street, but I stay away from the main trail head just to avoid the REI whiners.


 
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