The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association and PeopleForBikes conduct an annual E-bike Summit for stakeholders in the ever-expanding electric bicycle phenomenon in North America. Shimano hosted the 2017 event in their Irvine, California headquarters.
Do electric mountain bikes belong on trails used by hikers, equestrian riders, and regular mountain bikers? Or do they only belong on trails designated for motorized vehicles? This contentious question was the focus of a panel discussions held at the 2017 E-bike Summit, and the answers were a lot more nuanced than you might expect.
Panel members are Dave Wiens, the Executive Director of International Mountain Bike Association, Photographer and trail projects expert Leslie Kehmeier of The Wide Eyed World,J ohn Riley of Trek Bicycle, Ken Miner of Haibike USA, and Troy Lee. Randy Neufeld directs the SRAM Cycling Fund, and moderates this discussion.