There’s a new spot to ride electric mountain bikes in West Michigan. Michigan’s Edge Mountain Bike Association (MEMBA) has approved Class 1 electric bikes on their trails at Mosquito Creek in Muskegon County.
Located off of Maple Island Road in Twin Lake, the 550-acre Mosquito Creek property has several trails with varying difficulty. These sustainably-built trails are designed for all interests and skill levels. MEMBA is expanding Mosquito Creek significantly with the opening of a new loop in the Spring of 2021. MEMBA also has new trail projects in process at multiple locations.
The decision came at the request of a large donor, prompting MEMBA to investigate eBike use at Mosquito Creek thoroughly.
MEMBA researched three factors: e-bike regulations & classifications, data, and studies conducted on trail damage with e-bikes.
One such resource was the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) impact assessment from 2015. IMBA conducted an impact assessment to compare the damage from eMTBs and traditional mountain bikes on trails. After surveying trail conditions after multiple passes through eMTBs, it was found that the impact from Class 1 eMTBs was not significantly different compared to a traditional bike.
It’s important to note that not every mountain bike trail allows electric bikes. According to MEMBA, Class 1 electric bike use is only available at Mosquito Creek. Ultimately, it is the landowner’s decision whether or not to allow electric bikes.
Those wishing to get involved in MEMBA can visit their website (ridememba.com) or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Electric Bike Place’s Position:
According to the State of Michigan, a Class 1 e-bike is equipped with an electric motor that provides pedal assistance with a top speed of 20 miles per hour.
Class 1 electric bikes are currently allowed on:
● Bike lanes
● Linear paved trails
● Motorized trails
Class 1 electric bikes are also able to be approved on non-motorized, natural surface trails.
Mosquito Creek is another stepping stone to inclusion in the bike industry, and Electric Bike Place is excited to see MEMBA’s future.
About Electric Bike Place: Electric Bike Place is an e-bike retailer in Grand Haven, Michigan, and is an authorized dealer for Benno, Gazelle, Norco, Serfas, Haibike, iZip, Magnum, and Raleigh electric bikes. Electric Bike Place focuses on education, sales, and service. Electric Bike Place is powered by MACkite, a kiteboarding, foilboarding, and e-bike retail store that has been in business for over 30 years. MACkite was voted as 2016’s Kiteboarding Retailer of the Year by the Association of Wind & Water Sports Industries.
About Michigan’s Edge Mountain Bike Association (MEMBA): Michigan’s Edge Mountain Bike Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their advocacy group “promotes, protects, and preserves the West Michigan off-road mountain bike experience through advocacy, education, and professional trail building” in Allegan, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Oceana Counties.