eMTB Land Manager Handbook

This handbook was developed in partnership with the bicycling industry and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in consultation with professional trail builders. It is intended to be a practical field resource for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of electric mountain bike trails.

by PeopleForBikes, Bureau of Land Management

HOW TO USE THIS HANDBOOK

This handbook was developed in partnership with the bicycling industry and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in consultation with professional trail builders. It is intended to be a practical field resource for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of electric mountain bike trails.

WHY

Electric mountain bikes, or eMTBs, first began appearing on trails as custom conversion kits containing after-market batteries and motors attached to mountain bikes. Over the past several years, the sale of production eMTBs has steadily grown, particularly in Europe. In general, the overall e-bike category in the U.S. has grown about 450% since 2013, with year-over-year growth averaging around 50%.

About the Authors


Launched in 1999 as Bikes Belong, PeopleForBikes includes both an industry coalition of bicycling suppliers and retailers, as well as a charitable foundation. Our foundation is where we house our major programs and engage individual members, affiliate organizations, and corporate sponsors.


The Bureau of Land Management in the US Dept. of the Interior sponsors many courses and workshops through a variety of training opportunities. Trails, recreation, land management, technical training, and public involvement are topics that are frequently covered. The BLM has also been a leader in establishing and developing the National Trails Training Partnership.

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