"AT THE SEPTEMBER 17 SPECIAL BOARD MEETING, THE NEW RULE CONCERNING E-BIKE USAGE WAS ADOPTED.
Per the September 17, 2021 Tahoe Donner board of directors meeting, Class 1 ebikes (pedal assist bikes) are allowed on Tahoe Donner fire access roads and doubletrack trails. Following Tahoe Donner’s ‘Adaptive Management Program,’ staff will evaluate and permit the use of ebikes on select singletrack trails in 2022. Stay tuned for more info!
VIEW THE UPDATED RULE HERE.
"Like many landowners across the nation, Tahoe Donner has reached the point where there is a need for increased communication, education and consideration about the topic of electric bicycles, commonly referred to as e-bikes, on the Tahoe Donner trail system. With support from the board of directors, the new year brought the launch of a new membership outreach initiative about e-bike regulations on our trails.
Management engaged the membership on this topic through focus groups, a member survey and member comment, and findings and recommendation(s) have been presented at multiple board meetings in 2021.
Through a member outreach initiative, board and staff discussed the full spectrum of possible outcomes, including keeping the existing rule as written, adding language to specify more clearly that motor-powered bikes include e-bikes, permitting e-bikes on specifically designated trails or fully including e-bikes across the entire trail system.
After board, staff and member discussion, at the September 17 special board meeting the board adopted the proposed rules change to allow class 1 e-bike usage on the trails and fire road system as designed and regulated by future association open spaces and trails policies. With this change, e-bikes are permitted only on doubletrack trails (trails that have two paths created from the wheels of a vehicle) at this time. As part of our adaptive management program, this will be evaluated in the spring of 2022.
The prohibition of off-road vehicles now includes utility terrain vehicles (UTVs), side-by-side vehicles (XSXs), motor-propelled scooters/boards and other motor-propelled vehicles.
To view the recap of this meeting, click here.
BACKGROUNDAn e-bike is an electrically assisted bicycle equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor not exceeding 750 watts of power. Available for multiple uses, e-bikes can assist with longer rides and enable riders with limited physical ability to enjoy outdoor recreation more fully.
PREVIOUS TAHOE DONNER RULE
Under the previous Tahoe Donner Covenants Rules, the association prohibited motor-powered bikes on common area and other association-owned property:
Covenants Rules Association Owned Property, section 2.2 Off-road Vehicles: Snowmobiles, motor-powered bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), off-road motorcycles and off-road use of any motorized vehicle is prohibited on Common Areas, and other Association-owned properties, except that the Association may use such vehicles in the furtherance of its operations.
Because an e-bike is a bicycle equipped with a small electric motor that assists a rider with speed, elevation or a combination of both, it was considered banned under the previous rule.
Under California law, e-bikes fall into Class 1, 2 or 3:
CLASS 1 E-BIKE
Low-speed, pedal-assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that activates only when the rider is pedaling and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches 20 miles per hour
CLASS 2 E-BIKE
Low-speed, throttle-assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches 20 miles per hour (pedaling not required for electric assist when using throttle)
CLASS 3 E-BIKE
Higher-speed, pedal-assisted electric bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and stops providing assistance when the bicycle reaches 28 mph; operators of Class 3 e-bikes must be 16 years or older and wear a helmet
To see the original announcement on the Tahoe Donner website, CLICK HERE.