SFFTS Electric Bikes Position Statement

The Santa Fe Fat Tire Society is a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and supports IMBA's position on electric bicycles (e-bikes).

  "Electric bicycles are a welcome addition to the cycling community. They allow for carrying heavy loads and offer assistance to those who could not otherwise experience much of the fun of cycling and add a de minimus amount of additional impact. However, the use of a motor whether internal combustion or electric would require changing the classification to a motorized use. IMBA would support the use of e­Bikes anywhere that we could also support other motorized uses."

The following trails and trail systems in the Santa Fe, NM area do not allow motorized use including e-bikes: Galisteo Basin Preserve, Dale Ball Trails, La Tierra Trails, Santa Fe County trails, and Santa Fe National Forest non-motorized trails. We are enthusiastic supporters of human-powered recreation and encourage everyone to go outside and responsibly enjoy the great outdoors.

More Info:

IMBA.com - IMBA Motorized/Nonmotorized Recreation Policy Statement

IMBA.com - Land Managers and Bicycle Industry Call on IMBA to Study Impacts of Electric Mountain Bikes

City of Santa Fe, NM - Trails

Santa Fe County, NM - Properties & Trails

USFS - Managing E-Bikes on National Forest System Trails

Santa Fe National Forest - Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)

BLM.gov - Electronic Powered Bicycles on Public Lands