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Electric Bicycle Position Statement

Background

In the belief that in the near future electric bicycles (eBikes), particularly electric mountain bikes intended for trail use, may become more readily available to the public and more common on the trail, American Hiking Society seeks to clarify the organization’s position on this topic.

“Low-speed electric bicycles” are defined …

Mountain Bike Position Statement

Overview
Hiking trails, or foot-only trails, are pathways developed and managed for quiet, slow travel and the enjoyment of nature away from mechanical conveyances, including bicycles. American Hiking Society is dedicated to the preservation and protection of foot-only trails as an important resource for the hiking public. Multi-purpose trails, which …

Wilderness Position Statement

Overview
The Wilderness Act of 1964 established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS), to “secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.”  The NWPS currently consists of 757 congressionally designated wilderness areas, covering more than 109.5 million acres, managed by …

Recreation Fee Policy 

Overview
As the national voice for America’s hikers, American Hiking Society promotes and protects foot trails and the hiking experience. American Hiking Society is committed to working cooperatively with Congress, land management agencies, and our members to address the proper role and application of user fees. Inherent in this spirit …

Motorized Recreation – Off-Road Vehicle Position Statement

Background
The increased popularity of off-road vehicles1 (ORVs) in recent decades has coincided with technological advances enabling these machines to penetrate deeper into the backcountry than ever before.  High-powered engines driving aggressive knobby tires can quickly remove vegetation cover and erode soils along trails, primitive roads, and unauthorized, visitor-created routes.  …