Perceptions of Conflict Surrounding E-Bikes on the Arizona Trail

After a year of research and gathering input from Arizona Trail users like you, the ATA is proud to release its final report on Perceptions of Conflict Surrounding Future E-Bike Use on the Arizona Trail. This research was motivated by changes in how federal agencies are managing electric-motorized bicycles (e-bikes) and Secretarial Order 3376, which may allow e-bikes on non-motorized trails on lands managed by the Department of the Interior. Before making official comments on behalf of the Arizona Trail community, we wanted to hear what you thought.

Our study gathered comments through our Facebook page and e-newsletter. Quantitative data was collected using an online questionnaire about e-bikes and their use on the AZT. The analysis aimed to better understand survey respondents’ most frequent method of travel, exposure to e-bikes, and how other factors shape their opinion of this new user group and where there may be potential for user conflict.

You can read the complete report online here. Our gratitude to everyone who submitted comments and/or completed the online questionnaire. We hope you enjoy the results.

In collaboration with American Trails, the Arizona Trail Association will present findings from the report through an Advancing Trails Webinar on October 29 at 10 am. The webinar is free and open to all, but advance registration is required. To learn more and to register, click here.

This research was funded in part by Arizona Trail Association members, Back Country Horsemen of America, and People For Bikes.