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Old 01-18-2020, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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E bikes coming to a Game Lands near You?

The Commission is proposing to amend §§ 131.2, 135.2 and 135.41 to
define and allow use of Class I e-bikes on State game lands in the same
manner as traditional bicycles. These devices will be limited to twowheeled bicycle equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor
of 750 watts (1 h.p.) or less that provide assistance only when the rider is
actively pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle
reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour. The changes will not authorize use
of any device that is equipped with a throttle or that provides any degree of
assistance from an electric motor when the rider is not actively pedaling. It
is important to note that these amendments do not eliminate current
statutory restrictions prohibiting the possession of loaded firearms in, on or
against vehicles propelled by mechanical power under section 2503 of the
act.'

https://www.pgc.pa.gov/InformationRe...0%20Agenda.pdf

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Old 01-18-2020, 11:28 AM
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The wardens will be getting daily exercise to figure out if the bike fits that definition. Another law we can introduce that is technically a nightmare to enforce. Of course I guess its probably directly copied from the motor vehicle code. I recall we went through this discussion several months ago. Some days I think we have a lot bigger issues that could have the time and resources better spent on.
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as long as they stay on trails...okie dokie, this can really benefit the elderly and handicap, its a good thing.

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Old 01-18-2020, 12:15 PM
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Benefit the elderly and handicapped? On a two-wheeled bicycle? I mean I don't care much what they do with this regulation but that seems like a stretch to me. If you have a major handicap in your legs or have a hard time walking a long distance due to age, I'm not sure how having to balance on a bicycle with all your hunting gear is easier. I guess as I am neither elderly nor handicapped I can't say for certain that this won't be helpful for some, but I have a hard time believing that these groups are the target demographic for this regulation.

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i dont think they are the target. just saying it could benefit some people.

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mainly the sellers of ebikes

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I agree, riding any type of two wheeled vehicle, especially on anything but a paved trail, is not an endeavor most elderly or disabled are going to want to or be capable of pursuing. I see it appealing to the younger or healthy elderly hunter. But I doubt many would take advantage of it. RSB , when he hits his 90s, may. Kind of makes me wonder if he has something to do with the bill...setting the stage for 25 years from now. Always thinkin' ahead!
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I am 62 and a below knee amputee. I don't support this proposal. Too intrusive.
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Its all good. We are losing hunters so fast I don;t care what anybody uses or hunts with these days. As long as they are out there hunting, that is a good thing.

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