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Rapport: Impacts of eMTB Use on Trails

IMBA - impact of emtb use (22.06.16) Detaljene fra undersøkelsen "Impacts of eMTB Use on Trails" er tilgjengelig. Det er en såkalt Class1 elsykkel som er testet, disse har toppfart på 32km/t og f.eks en 350w Bosch-motor. Den europeiske varianten "pedelec" er svakere og tregere.
This study found that the impacts from Class 1 eMTBs and traditional mountain bicycles were not significantly different, while motorcycles led to much greater soil displacement and erosion. Observations suggest that Class 1 eMTBs may lead to more displacement under certain trail conditions. More research is needed before conclusions can be drawn regarding the environmental impacts of Class 1 eMTBs as compared with traditional mountain bicycles.

Understanding the potential resource impacts of Class 1 eMTBs is a necessary and important first step for formulating management strategies. Additional research is needed to further assess the range of environmental and social impacts for successful Class 1 eMTB use on public lands. IMBA’s initial study suggests that, with conscientious management and attention to trail design, Class 1 eMTBs may have the potential to offer a beneficial use of public lands with acceptable impacts.