E-bikes, Segways, and Other Uses on State Trails

Electric-Assist/Pedal-Assist Bicycles

  • Electric-assist or pedal-assist bicycles are allowed on state trails, or wherever normal bicycles are allowed, if they meet the following definition in Minnesota Statutes 169.011, Subdivision 27
    • 2 or 3 wheels
    • A saddle and fully operable pedals for human propulsion
    • An electric motor that is:
      • 1,000 watts or less,
      • incapable of propelling faster than 20 miles per hour,
      • incapable of further increasing the speed of the device when human power alone is used to propel the vehicle at a speed of more than 20 miles per hour, and 
      • disengages or ceases to function when the vehicles brakes are applied.
  • A motorized bicycle that does not meet the definition of an electric-assist bicycle is not allowed on state trails where motorized vehicles are prohibited.
  • When riding on State Trails, remember to yield to pedestrians and slower trail users, and give an audible signal if passing.

Segways or Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices

  • Segways are allowed on state trails, or wherever pedestrians are allowed, but must be operated at a speed that is reasonable and prudent under the conditions.
  • Segways or Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices are defined in Minnesota Statutes 169.011, Subdivision 26 as “a self-balancing device with two nontandem wheels, designed to transport not more than one person, and operated by an electric propulsion system that limits the maximum speed of the device to 15 miles per hour.”
  • When on a segway on State Trails, remember to yield to pedestrians and slower trail users, and give an audible signal if passing.
  • For more information on operation of Segways, see Minnesota Statutes 169.212

Dogsledding, Mushing, or Skijoring

  • Dogsledding or mushing is not allowed on state trails, except by special use permit.
  • Skijoring is not allowed on groomed ski trails, but is allowed on designated skijoring trails.

Winter Fat Biking

  • Fat biking is strongly discouraged on state trails that are groomed for snowmobiling in the winter due to safety concerns.
  • Fat biking is not allowed on groomed and tracked cross-country ski trails, unless specifically opened as a multi-use winter trail.
  • For more information see DNR Winter Fatbiking webpage
  • During the summer season, fat bikes are allowed anywhere normal bicycles are allowed.

Vehicles and Uses that are not allowed on state trails

  • Golf carts
  • Motorized bicycles
  • Motorized foot scooters
  • Motorized vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, or off-highway vehicles, except when specifically permitted, such as on the Matthew Lourey State Trail.
  • Any vehicle that is larger than half of the width of the trail treadway, as all users of state trails must stay on the right half of the treadway when meeting or passing other trail users.

Accessibility and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices