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    With winter coming, I was wondering about bringing my pedelec when I come to visit my father and stepmother. What are the rules regarding eBikes on the road and trails in the area?

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    Oh, lord.

    We have a few threads you can search/peruse. But, in practice, just do whatever you want; even when the regulations are clear, they won't be enforced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    Oh, lord.

    We have a few threads you can search/peruse. But, in practice, just do whatever you want; even when the regulations are clear, they won't be enforced.
    So basically easier to seek forgiveness than to ask permission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuartN View Post
    So basically easier to seek forgiveness than to ask permission.

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    Just remember we are not a very forgiving lot.

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    To elaborate... Technically, in DC, e-bikes are not allowed on any trail. In Virginia, there is debate on whether or not an e-bike is considered a motor vehicle and therefore not allowed on the trails. I have no idea about Maryland laws, because, well... Maryland.

    In practice though, as long as you are safe, courteous, and not a jerk, no one will say anything about you riding an e-bike (or any other sort of bike) on the trails around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    In Virginia, there is debate on whether or not an e-bike is considered a motor vehicle and therefore not allowed on the trails.
    So in Virginia, it's clear they are NOT motor vehicles and VA law allows them on trails; the debate is whether ArlCo (most trails; almost certainly not), NVRPA (W&OD Trail; pretty definitely not), or NPS (Mt Vernon Trail; probably) can have a different law. Not that it matters.

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    The only hard and fast rule is be considerate and audibly signal all passes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crickey7 View Post
    The only hard and fast rule is be considerate and audibly signal all passes.
    I do this religiously, as well as a 'Thank you' as I pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuartN View Post
    With winter coming, I was wondering about bringing my pedelec when I come to visit my father and stepmother. What are the rules regarding eBikes on the road and trails in the area?
    Some of the rules are debatable, and hozn is right that they are underenforced regardless. But the safest thing to do is not ride an ebike. Can't go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musclys View Post
    Some of the rules are debatable, and hozn is right that they are underenforced regardless. But the safest thing to do is not ride an ebike. Can't go wrong.
    Being a (mostly) law-abiding, rule-following type I guess I'll continue to bring my Trucker on the Amtrak. Seems like the DC Metro area is no further along than anywhere else in determining the placement of this particular mode of transportation. Thanks, everyone, for your responses and suggestions. See y'all on the road/trail sometime.

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