I see that the board discussed e bikes this past meeting. https://www.pgc.pa.gov/InformationRe...0%20Agenda.pdf
Text from the agenda:
A. Amend 58 Pa. Code ßß 131.2, 135.2 and 135.41.
Commentary: The Commission has observed that electric bicycles (e-bikes) are gaining
popularity within the Commonwealth and many hunters are exploring use
of E-bikes to assist them in reaching their hunting and trapping locations.
Under current regulation, it is unlawful to use or operate any type of e-bike
on State game lands, unless used by individuals with mobility disabilities.
The Commission also recognizes that there are many areas within its State
game lands system that are difficult to access often due to a lack of a
comprehensive road system that could sustain routine road vehicle traffic.
In many cases, it is simply impractical to build new and/or maintain
comprehensive road system in these areas.
As a result, the Commission has determined that permitted use of certain ebikes could greatly improve State game lands access and the hunting and
trapping experience for many of our hunters, including those that do not
suffer from a mobility disability. The Commission believes that allowing
responsible use of certain e-bikes can be accommodated without significant
damage to existing State game lands road and trail systems, wildlife
populations or the peace and tranquility of the Commissionís wilderness
The Commission is proposing to amend ßß 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
CHAPTER 131. PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS
ß 131.2. Definitions.
In addition to the definitions contained in section 102 of the act (relating to
definitions), the following words and terms, when used in this part or in the act, have the following
meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
* * * * *
Class I electric bicycleóA two-wheeled bicycle equipped with fully operable
pedals and an electric motor of 750 watts (1 h.p.) or less that provides 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. This term does not include 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.
Of course, being Pennsylvania, they couldn't just allow e bikes. It has to be limited to a bike that only assists in pedaling. Can't use a motorized bike. I've given up on this state.