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As electric assisted bicycles, or e-bikes, become more popular across the United States, the Interior Department directed all its bureaus, including the National Park Service, to adopt a policy for e-bikes.

Boise State Public Radio reported that Natalie Levine, with the National Parks Conservation Association, said that directive left parks about a month to scramble and adopt their own rules about where e-bikes are allowed.

“There are many parks where traditional bicycles are currently only allowed on park roads. So in those situations, adding electric bicycles there might not be as a big of a concern,” Levine said.

But some parks, such as Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Acadia National Park, have more sensitive unpaved roads open to cyclists.

“We think there should be more analysis of the impacts of these bicycles,” Levine said.

But some parks, such as Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Acadia National Park, have more sensitive unpaved roads open to cyclists.

“We think there should be more analysis of the impacts of these bicycles,” Levine said.

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