State Rep. Holly Hughes hosted a 22-mile round-trip electric bike excursion Friday on the Hart Montague Trailway to increase awareness for her recently introduced e-bike legislation.
The legislation would officially allow the use of e-bikes on Michigan trails and creates a regulatory framework for their use.
Electric bikes differ from regular bikes in that they utilize an electrically powered motor for propulsion. They are pedaled by the rider and are therefore not considered motorcycles. E-bikes use rechargeable batteries and can travel up to 25 miles per hour, depending on the model.
“Electric bikes have become a huge hit in recent years and I’m proud to support this measure to allow their use here in Michigan,” said Hughes, who chairs the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee. “Today is a great opportunity to learn more about these innovative machines that increase bicycle use for people who might otherwise never ride – not to mention they’re just plain fun!”
Hughes, of Montague, invited local officials and individuals from organizations in support of the legislation, including Bob Wilson from Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, John Lindenmayer from the League of Michigan Bicyclists and Michael Reuter, CEO of American Cycling and Fitness.
“I tell people, it’s still a bike,” Reuter said. “I’m thrilled to see people giving e-bikes a try. You really have to try it to see what it’s all about.”
The group rode from the Hart Montague Trailhead to New Era and back, a trip totaling just over 22 miles.
PHOTO: Rep. Hughes (center) takes a break on the trailway with Whitehall City Councilman Dick Connell (left) and American Cycling and Fitness CEO Michael Reuter (right).
PHOTO: From left, Dick Connell, Whitehall City Councilman, Tom Lohman, Montague City Councilman, state Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague, Bob Wilson from Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, John Lindenmayer from League of Michigan Bicyclists and Michael Reuter, CEO of American Cycling and Fitness prepare to set out on a 22-mile round-trip e-bike excursion on the Montague Trailway.