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E-bikes no longer welcome off-road, Utah Wildlife Resources announces

Certain categories of e-bikes are no longer welcome in off-road portions of Utah Wildlife Management Areas, officials from the state’s Division of Wildlife Resources have announced.

The popularity of e-bikes is growing both in Utah and across the country. However, some e-bike riders are being warned by state wildlife managers that their bikes are now banned from off-road areas of wildlife management areas.

Some e-bikes are now “motorized vehicles”

According to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Class II and Class III e-bikes are no longer permitted in off-road areas of any of the 193 Wildlife and Waterfowl Management Areas (WMAs) in the state. Following the Utah Wildlife Board’s approval of a proposal in August to reclassify Class II and Class III e-bikes as motorized vehicles, users must now follow the same regulations that apply. cars, trucks and off-road vehicles. .

The rule was changed, division officials say, because some e-bikes “ruined” habitat intended to protect state wildlife. They believe that changing the rules can reduce habitat destruction.

Capt. Chad Bettridge of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Thursday that significant habitat damage is occurring in areas where e-bike use is prevalent. Some properties are damaged due to the increased use of e-bikes, ultimately making it more difficult for the Division to manage them for their intended use.

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In the accelerator

Prior to the rule change imposed this week, the division had a few restrictions. Only Class I e-bikes were permitted in waterfowl management areas on designated roads as well as other permitted areas. According to, Class I e-bikes don’t have a throttle but have a battery in addition to an electric motor that can help a rider reach up to 20 mph while pedaling. This week’s new rules do not apply to these types of e-bikes.

Class II and III e-bikes have throttle systems. According to, Class II e-bikes can help a rider reach 20 mph without using their legs, while Class III e-bikes use their legs to help them reach 28 mph. According to the website, some areas prohibit the use of these bikes on off-road or ATV trails, similar to the restrictions the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has put in place in its wildlife management areas.

According to Bettridge, anyone found using a Class II or Class III off-road e-bike will receive a citation.

He added that these properties were purchased for the benefit of wildlife and also wildlife habitat, although wildlife management areas occasionally provide recreational opportunities. Although these properties are government-owned, unlike many other state or federal properties, they are not multi-use, reports


The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is a division of the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The division’s mission is to protect wildlife habitat while managing, supporting, and enhancing wildlife populations throughout the state of Utah. Additionally, the Division is responsible for statewide hunting and fishing opportunities.

According to Wildlife Utah, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources owns and oversees properties known as Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and Waterfowl Management Areas (both WMAs) for purposes, to namely protecting vital habitats for wildlife and assisting in the reduction and mitigation of damage caused by wildlife. private property.

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