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castanet.net 12 May, 2022 12:15 am

Decision to ban some e-bikes on north end of Rail Trail faces more backlash

Decision to ban some e-bikes on north end of Rail Trail faces more backlash
Controversy over new rules banning some classes of e-bikes at the north end of the Okanagan Rail Trail continues to dog the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Controversy over new rules banning some classes of e-bikes at the north end of the Okanagan Rail Trail continues to dog the Regional District of North Okanagan."We are not lawbreakers, I'm a law-abiding citizen and I feel like we have been cut off from an important part of our Rail Trail experience." Carolyn Bates lives in Vernon and owns a class-2 e-bike that she uses on the Rail Trail for exercise, "during the pandemic, my e-bike was one of the only things that kept me going." Now, technically at least, she isn't allowed to use her e-bike on that portion of the Rail Trail.

The north end of the Rail Trail from Crystal Waters to Coldstream is now off-limits to all but class 1 e-bikes." Wilson says bylaw officers typically only respond to complaints and there are no plans to add officers to monitor the Rail Trail at this time.

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