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Electric Assisted Bicycles (e-bike) use is NOT permitted on single-track trails within Park City limits. More information about e-bike policy and definitions can be found below. Additionally, you can read Park City’s ordinance on Non-motoized Trail Use, 10-1-4.5.

E-Bike Classifications:

Class I: e-bikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph.

  • Use of a Class I e bike is NOT permitted on single-track trails and natural trail surfaces that are less than 5ft wide within Park City limits.
  • Individuals over the age of 65 and or persons with mobility disabilities qualify for use of Class I e-bikes under the terms of Park City Code 10-1-4.5.

 Class II: e-bikes that have a maximum speed of 20 mph, but are throttle-assisted.

  • Class II e-bikes are prohibited on all single-track trails and natural trail surfaces less than five (5) feet wide and single track trails.

Class III: e-bikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph.

  • Class III e-bikes are prohibited for use on all single-track trails and natural surface trails and pathways regardless of width.

Exceptions:

It is unlawful to operate any electric assisted bicycle (e-bike) on a single track trail or natural surface trail/pathway with the following exceptions:

  1. This prohibition shall not apply to persons with mobility disabilities who choose to use an e-bike or Power-Driven Mobility Device, which is designed to transport a single individual with a disability as a substitute for walking and or biking unless prohibited by a designated traffic control device.
  2. This prohibition shall not apply to Class I e-bikes operated by persons age 65 or older who have been granted a permit for the use and operation of an e-bike on single-track trails within the Park City limits.  Class II and III electric assisted e-bikes are prohibited on all single-track trails and natural trail surfaces less than five (5) feet wide and single track trails regardless of user’s age.
  3. This prohibition shall not apply to motorized or self-propelled equipment, including e-bikes, used for maintenance or events as designated by the local highway authority. Emergency vehicles are also exempt from this provision.
  4. This prohibition shall not apply to Class I and Class II electric assisted bicycles on natural surface trails and pathways within Park City limits, greater than five (5) feet wide, which have been identified as an official transportation corridor by the local highway authority.  Additionally, the allowance of e-bikes shall be designated as such by a traffic control device.  Class III electric assisted bicycles are prohibited on all natural surface trails and pathways.

You are responsible for your actions on the trails. Park City is a tight knit trail community and it is expected that any legal E-MTB use by exempt users will seamlessly integrate into the current non-motorized trail system. Always ride in control, at or below non-motorized speeds, and with respect for all users.

Courtesy Tag Program:

The Park City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Electric Assist Mountain Bike (E-MTB) Courtesy Tag Program is designed for users who wish to identify their compliance with PCMC Code 10-1-4.5. Eligibility for the tag program is restricted to individuals who qualify for an exemption under the code due to the following conditions:

  • User is over the age of 65; or
  • User has a mobility disability.

Exempt users are only permitted to use class 1 E-MTBs.

All applicants seeking a courtesy tag for class 1 E-MTB use on single track trails must document eligibility.  The determination process includes a review of the applicant's bike type, valid ID as proof of age or a physician verification of a mobility disability. You can apply for the courtesy program by filling out the online form HERE.

Please read information below for additional information about the courtesy tag program:

  • Tags are non-transferable
  • Tags are registered to specific bike serial numbers
  • Tags are requested to be displayed on the bike handlebars similar to a race/event number
  • Application is free
  • Application is completed online
  • Allow 14 days for processing, before tags are mailed
  • Tags will be mailed to physical addresses

Penalty:

Any person violating the provisions of Ordinance 10-1-4.5 shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.