Class 1 e-bikes (pedal assist) are welcome on RCA trails on Boulder Mountain (downhill only) and our new Sunnyside network. Class 2 and 3 e-bikes are not permitted on any RCA trails. This is according to the new e-bike policy released by Recreation Sites & Trails BC in late April, 2019, which allows Class 1 e-bikes on most recreation trails.
What about Mount Macpherson and Frisby Ridge? Last year, the RCA conducted a member survey in which many expressed concern about collisions between uphill and downhill riders on those trails because of the much higher climbing speeds of e-bikes. The trails on these networks are two-way, so because of this RSTBC and the RCA have chosen to not allow e-bikes on Mount Macpherson and Frisby Ridge for the time being.
In our survey, our members also asked us to explore an exemption for mountain bikers with disabilities and we have begun the process of doing this.
There are many other places you can ride your e-bike in Revelstoke that are not on RCA-managed trails:
- Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks: All trails designated as bike trails in both National Parks can be ridden on pedal-assist bikes (Class 1). These include:
- Mount Revelstoke Trail (railway museum to the bike park)
- 2K and 5K Soren Sorensen Trails
- Highway 23 Connector Trail
- Beaver Valley Trail as far as the Grizzly Creek Bridge
- Revelstoke Mountain Resort: The Stoke Climb, Greeley Trail, and Fifty Six Twenty, as well as all future trails built by the resort.
- The Revy Riders dirt bike trails, which are all designated for motorized use. Note: Trail fees in effect!
The RCA plans on re-visiting this policy at our next AGM in November 2019 and we have formed a committee to look at issues related to e-bikes. If you are interested in taking part, please email David Biggin-Pound at firstname.lastname@example.org.