You can now ride e-bikes in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

You can now ride e-bikes in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Beacon Journal | Emily Mills, September 5, 2019

PENINSULA — Eddy’s Bike Shop owner Jimmy Ruggles rides an e-bike 45 miles each way to the Stow shop his grandfather started nearly 80 years ago.

“I can sit in traffic on 271 for an hour, or I can ride my bike,” said Ruggles, 45, of Chesterland.

Ruggles and other electric bicycle riders can now ride in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and all other national parks across the country.

The National Park Service announced the new nationwide e-bike policy last week for its national parks after the U.S. Department of the Interior handed down a requirement for all of its bureaus to create their own e-bike policies. Officials wanted to regulate the use of the two- or three-wheeled cycles with pedals and electric motors of less than 750 watts on federal land as they become more popular.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park was selected out of all the national parks as the site for the official announcement Thursday. Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Rob Wallace in the Department of the Interior rode the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad — which has a 40-pound bike weight limit, so no e-bikes allowed — with other local and federal officials to the Peninsula Depot for the announcement.

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