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Power-driven mobility devices on parks lands

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all users and the protection of our natural, cultural and historic resources, wheelchairs and some mobility devices are acceptable on Parks and Recreation lands.

The following can be operated on PRD lands:

  1. Wheelchairs, including power-driven wheelchairs, are allowed in areas open to pedestrians and while operated at walking speed.
  2. Other power-driven mobility devices (known as OPDMDs) are allowed in areas open to pedestrians and while operated at walking speed (according to the criteria in the chart below).
OPDMDs are any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel or other engines – whether or not designed primarily for use by individuals with mobility disabilities – used by individuals with mobility disabilities for the purpose of locomotion.
  • Only persons with mobility impairments may use OPDMDs (unless a companion is needed).
  • OPDMDs must be operated at a walking speed on similar terrain (Exception: a Class 1 e-bike used as a OPDMD may be used at speed similar to other bicycle.
  • Users of OPDMDs must exercise reasonable caution and operate the devices in a safe way based on trail conditions, user volume, other uses, weather.
  • OPDMDs powered by a gas-powered internal combustion engine are prohibited in all indoor PRD facilities.
  • Due to the variety of OPDMDs and the fact that most PRD trails were not designed for such use, visitors should use their judgment in assessing the practicality of using OPDMDs on a particular trail. Due to slope, surface condition, or other factors OPDMD use may be physically impossible or unsafe even when allowed.
  • Allowable use does not constitute an endorsement that PRD trails or lands are safe for use and use and operation will be at the user’s own risk.
  • Users of OPDMDs which do not meet the criteria of devices allowed may request an evaluation of their device by submitting a written request to the managing unit of the facility. 
  • Acceptable use of an e-bike as an OPDMD:
  1. Class 1 e-bike (pedal-assisted and can go up to 20 miles per hour) may be used as an OPDMD in areas open to bicycles at speeds similar to other bicycles.
  2. Class 2 e-bike (throttle- and pedal-assisted and can travel up to 20 miles per hour) may be used as an OPDMD in areas open to bicycles at speeds similar to other bicycles with the issuance of a permit.
Type, dimension & weight dimension criteria Terrain Examples Permitted areas Justification
Device does not exceed 26" in width, 26" in length and weighs less than 250 lbs; non gas-powered Designed for use on interior walkways Segway Indoors i. Interior walkways vary in width; size and weight limits allows for safe passage.
ii. Interior walkways can be congested with pedestrian traffic.
iii. Gas-powered engines create a health-risk indoors.
iv. Speed limited to walking speed for the safety of other pedestrians.
v. No risk to environment or natural resources indoors.
Device does not exceed 36" in width, 48" in length and weighs less than 500lbs. Designed for use on soft, uneven, steeply graded or rocky surfaces. - Segway
- Electric scooter
- Natural tread trails
- Dispersed recreational use
- Forest road

i. PRD trails vary in width; size allows for safe two-way passage.
ii. PRD trails can be congested with pedestrian traffic; size limitations in place for safety.
iii. Trails may have varying slope and surface conditions.
iv. Speed limited to walking speed for the safety of other pedestrians.
v. Size and weight limitations in place to protect natural tread.
Device does not exceed 48" in width, 95" in length and weighs less than 1500 lbs. Designed for use on exterior walkways or routes. - Segway
- Electric scooter
-Electric golf cart
- Linear trails
- Campground roads
- Exterior pedestrian routes at facilities
i. PRD trails vary in width; size allows for safe two-way passage.
ii. PRD trails can be congested with pedestrian traffic; size limitations in place for safety.
iii. Trails may have varying slope and surface conditions.
iv. Speed limited to walking speed for the safety of other pedestrians.
v. Size and weight limitations in place to protect infrastructure.