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E-bikes: A menace or a vehicle giving access for the disabled, elderly?

E-bikes: A menace or a vehicle giving access for the disabled, elderly?

Laura Seitz, Deseret News Cassandra Wight, left, Alya Hopkins and Kamryn Anderson ride e-bikes down the Rush Trail in Draper’s Corner Canyon on Oct. 25,…

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Laura Seitz, Deseret News Cassandra Wight, left, Alya Hopkins and Kamryn Anderson ride e-bikes down the Rush Trail in Draper’s Corner Canyon on Oct. 25, 2023. Cameron Anderson knows an 89-year-old man named Fritz who changed his life by staying active.

He didn’t walk, swim or hike.

He bought an e-bike.

“It has done wonders for him as far as staying active,” she said. “It’s been absolutely fantastic for him.”

There is another customer of Salt Lake eBikes who has fatal ALS, often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, which progressively degenerates the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

“An e-bike is the only way he can go and ride and keep up with his sons because they have been riding bikes for their whole life, and now with his new diagnosis, he can’t quite do what he used to be able to do,” said Anderson, who manages the business. “So having an e-bike has been life changing. He can still go on those rides with his kids and keep up within minutes. It has been a great way to put that aside for at least a little while and ride.” Not everyone is a fan of e-bikes

T he U.S. Forest Service recently released its own rules on how it classifies e-bikes, saying they are not allowed on any nonmotorized trails within their lands.That edict brought up a discussion with members of a legislative committee who expressed concern about allowing equal access to public lands.The Utah Legislature’s Federalism Commission invited the U.S. Forest […]

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