Outdoor Electric Assist Devices: Opportunity or Opposition

This webinar addresses recent advancements in technology incorporated into bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and wheelchairs.

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December 21, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


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Webinar Outline

This webinar addresses recent advancements in technology incorporated into bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and wheelchairs. These traditionally person-powered devises were limited based a person’s ability to propel them. Now battery powered and even robotic, they have been adapted in gearing and design to travel at high speeds and over just about any type of terrain regardless of the level of the operator’s experience. The presentation will focus on how these devises are opening up opportunities for additional user groups and explore some of the devises on the market, show the range of their capabilities, discuss the concerns about safety, speed, and off-road ability. The discussion will present some solutions to the challenges of regulating and guiding the use of them and offer some sample polices. This technology is here and will change the definition of access to remote areas of parks, preserves, and conservation areas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the types of e-devices that are being used for recreation in parks. Learn there capability/speeds and the opportunities/concerns they present. Discuss sample policy and approaches to keeping site users safe in either promoting/tolerating/or prohibiting this type of site use.
  • Learn about some of the electric assisted mobile devices and how recent developments in form and function is providing opportunity far beyond the concept of just wheelchair access.
  • Discuss how these are revolutionizing access and that agencies may need policy revisions to accommodate this opportunity


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

Webinar Resources

  • Presenter Presentation: Outdoor Electric Assist Devices: Opportunity or Opposition (pdf)
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    John Kremer, Director of Operations, Planning, and Public Safety, McHenry County Conservation District
    Woodstock, Illinois

    A graduate of Iowa State University in 1989 with a degree in Public Service Administration & Environmental Studies, John has worked in the field of conservation since 1990. He has been Director of Operations Planning, & Public Safety of McHenry County Conservation District since 2000 where he oversees District operations on over 25,000 acres, 34 parks and dozens of capital improvement projects. He directs a team of landscape architects, maintenance, and law enforcement professionals. John has been involved with path planning, policy, design, construction, and management for more than 30 years. He has worked collaboratively with all levels of government officials as well as cycling advocates to achieve trail connections and promote trial safe use.


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