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SALEM — Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is proposing a rule change that would allow electric bicycles or “e-bikes” to be used on certain OPRD trails and roads. The proposed amendment would allow e-bikes to be used on trails and roads that are eight feet or wider, and along select areas of the ocean shore. OPRD invites public comments on the proposed rule change.

E-bikes are defined under Oregon law as vehicles that have electric motors under 1,000 watts and travel less than 20 mph. E-bikes are currently not allowed on OPRD managed roads or trails, but the proposed amendment would give state parks flexibility to govern e-bike use on park property.

For example e-bikes would not be allowed to operate on coastal trails within western snowy plover management areas, but may have leeway on trails that narrow from the eight feet or wider rule.

Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. May 18. Comments can be submitted online at www.oregon.gov/OPRD/RULES/pages/index.aspx; in writing to OPRD, attn. Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem; via email to OPRE.publiccomment@oregon.gov; or by attending a public hearing, scheduled for throughout the state.

The local public hearing will be held from 6-8 p.m., Monday, April 30, at the Bandon Public Library, 1204 11th St. SW, in Bandon.

Other public hearings will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

— April 23 at Hood River Public Library, 502 E State St., Hood River

— April 24 at Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Ochoco Rm, 3800 SE Airport Way, Redmond

— April 25 at North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St., Room 124, Salem

— May 1 at Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye St., Newport

— May 7 at Warrenton Community Center, 170 SW Third St., Warrenton

The full text of the amendments to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-010-0015, 736-010-0026, 736-021-0030 and 736-021-0065 is available online at oregon.gov/OPRD/RULES/pages/index.aspx.

OPRD will review all submitted comments and present a final recommended rule to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. The commission will review the rule at its June 2018 meeting.

Those needing special accommodations to attend a public hearing must contact Katie Gauthier, OPRD legislative and policy coordinator, at 503-947-8625 or Katie.Gauthier@oregon.gov at least three days before the desired hearing.

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