Electric Bikes Allowed in National Parks

Electric bikes are so great, even our National Parks have to celebrate! Fort Raleigh National Historical Site on Roanoke Island, the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and all National Parks now allow electric bikes. As of August 29, 2019, a new policy (Order No. 3376) signed by Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt named electric bikes as non-motorized vehicles. Because of that, e-bikes can now go anywhere on federal lands where regular pedal powered bikes can go.

Our RAD electric bike rentals are tough enough to withstand our conditions and are ready to roll you through some exploration on the Outer Banks.

woman riding electric bike on the outer banksAbout RAD Electric Bikes

Here are a few key points about our RAD power bikes that benefit you when taking your next trip to one of our National Parks on the Outer Banks:

  1. Our e-bikes benefit those with injuries, physical limitations and health concerns.  Electric bikes are great for those unable to explore the Outer Banks by walking or traditional biking. The new policy encourages recreational opportunities for everyone. It states, “especially those with physical limitations, and to encourage the enjoyment of lands and waters on federal lands.” Many people tried and loved our electric bikes! Also, we feature a step thru model for those who can’t mount the RADCity version. The full throttle or pedal assist options provide relief for those that limit physical exertion due to breathing problems or physical mobility.
  2. E-Bikes travel up to 25 miles on a single battery charge. Now, E-Bike riders cover more territory than a recreational cyclist!
  3. Our cushioned seat, leather wrapped handlebars, and adjustable seat take our bikes to the next level of comfort.
  4. Our electric bikes are first come, first serve and are available for half and full day fun! Ask our staff for some great bike paths near the federal lands you can visit on your electric bike. They have plenty of suggestions!

Be sure to follow the rules of the road with state bicycle laws and procedures from NCDOT.

men riding electric bikes on the outer banksImportant Notice

Please keep the electric bikes on paved surfaces only and obey all rules provided by the National Park Service. Beach riding is not allowed with our electric bikes and damage that occurs from beach riding costs you extra. Also, the Wright Brothers National Memorial is known for sand spurs. Avoid the discomfort, and please keep bikes on designated paths.

Even though the National Parks close at dusk, our electric bikes have safety features to include a headlight, flashing taillight, and bell for safety during night rides around town. All riders must be at least 16 years old and be accompanied by an adult. A helmet and lock are provided, and a signed waiver is required.