Overview of E-bikes Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
The MMWD has allowed conventional mountain bikes on fire roads for many years as part of a multi-use trail system that includes hiking and equestrian use. Criteria for recreational use are governed by MMWD Policy 7 Part 5. With the emergence of new electric bicycles (E-Bikes), MMWD seeks to understand the prevalence of E-bikes, their potential impact on areas already open to conventional bicycles, and develop specific guidance related to E-bikes. MMWD commissioned an E-bikes Community Advisory Committee to provide feedback on the appropriate use of this emerging technology on District lands.
Purpose and Charge
The purpose of the CAC is to develop reasonable and actionable recommendations to inform decisions relating to E-bikes usage on watershed lands. Where possible, the CAC will develop recommendations to the MMWD Board of Directors to aid in the Board’s decisions regarding e-bike use (see Section 4.6 under “Decision-Making Protocols.)
The following articles were submitted by participating E-bike CAC members, community members and the District for the E-bike CAC members review and consideration.