How to ride safely through the US national parks territory

How to ride safely

Green areas in any city deserve special attention not just because of the outstanding urban design but also for them being a soothing, freshly spot in the middle of a megapolis. You cannot forget a trip to one of the many national parks scattered all over the US. And what better way to explore the national parks than riding a Delfast TOP 3.0? This electric bicycle opens the possibility to travel through challenging outdoor terrain with less effort for the rider. The TOP 3.0 has been upgraded recently. Now it features a powerful 3,000W motor and a high-capacity 72V/48Ah battery. This system enables a maximum range of 200 miles, which is more than enough for an entire day of cycling in the countryside.

The TOP 3.0 is equipped with motocross tires, which allows for better grip. Moreover, the TOP 3.0 is equipped with pedal-assist riding modes that comply with speed regulations in America. It also includes a throttle mode, which can be used in extreme situations like climbing a hill. This versatility provides unmatched comfort and safety while riding in the great outdoors.

General info on riding e-bikes in National Parks

On December 2, 2020, the National Park Service (NPS) began enforcing a new regulation that allows the use of electric bikes where conventional pedal bikes can ride. This regulation accommodates the growing number of e-bikes for recreational purposes in America. With this regulation, more people will be able to enjoy nature in all the territories administered by the NPS. At the same time, the regulation will ensure that natural resources remain protected.

The regulation exempts electric bicycles from the definition of motor vehicles. Instead, it adopts the three-class system to define e-bikes. Superintendents in every national park can decide what class of ebike is allowed in each trail. They retain the right to impose conditions on the use of electric bikes to guarantee visitors’ safety and protection of natural resources. The use of conventional and electric bikes in wilderness areas is prohibited.

Therefore, to comply with regulations, always check with the park administration all the details on the use of electric bikes. Make sure your e-bike is allowed on the trails you intend to ride to avoid fines or other penalties. Bear in mind that the regulation allows the use of electric bikes in pedal-assist mode only. The use of the throttle mode for an extended period is prohibited.

Also, the corresponding state laws apply for the use of e-bikes in national parks. You should check the laws of the state where the park you intend to visit is located. Licensing, helmet usage, and age requirements are different in every state. Make sure you comply with state laws first. The NPS has an online trip planning guide that will help you have a smooth cycling trip. Also, almost all national parks provide guides with information about the most scenic cycling routes. Ask the park administration about such guides.

Safety tips

Riding your electric bike in a national park will pose some challenges. You can expect uneven terrain and, in the rain season, mud and water pools will be part of the trail. Riding uphill and downhill won’t be uncommon either. The Delfast TOP 3.0 shines in these conditions. Its sturdy construction and powerful electric system will help you to conquer even the most challenging terrain. In this way, you can focus on sightseeing and enjoying the surrounding nature.

Also, you should take some safety measures to avoid an accident along the route. But don’t be discouraged. By applying the following tips, you’ll have a pleasant and safe ride:

  • Watch out for your pedals. Trails in the great outdoors are full of objects that your pedals can catch. Roots and rocks, for example, could cause an accident if a pedal catches them at high speed. Therefore, be very attentive and always keep an eye on the trail.
  • Control your speed. When you ride uphill, you will likely need to engage in the pedal-assist mode. To ensure the motor works more efficiently (which helps to extend battery life), ride with a faster cadence than you’d do on flat terrain. Aim at 50-60 rpm when going uphill.
  • Be attentive with brakes. Electric bikes are heavier, which means they take more force to stop their movement. Also, motor power results in higher speed, especially when riding downhill. Be vigilant of the speed and brake earlier than you’d usually do with a conventional bike.
  •  Full equipment check. Ensuring your safety is your responsibility as a rider. Always wear a helmet and thoroughly check your vehicle before embarking on an outdoor trip. If you expect to ride in the darkness, verify the LED lights of your two-wheeler are working properly. Along the route, eat some snacks to recover energy and drink plenty of water.
  • Pay attention to the traffic. Always follow the rules of the national park trails. Respect all the stop signs and never exceed the speed limit. Remember that you’re not the only rider using the trail. Therefore, be mindful of other cyclists and pedestrians that use the trails. When you come to an intersection, reduce your speed and take into account other riders.

Conclusion

The National Park System in the United States offers great opportunities to enjoy nature on your electric bike. With the proper safety measures, each ride will be an unforgettable experience. For more great routes and tips for safe riding in America and other parts of the world, please subscribe to the Delfast newsletter.

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