2020 Denali National Park and Preserve e-bike addition to Superintendent's Compendium
The compendium changes related to e-bikes involve 36 CFR 13.50: Closures and restrictions, National Park System Units in Alaska. These changes would allow the use of e-bikes (defined as a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts) on park roads, parking areas, and trails that are open to traditional bicycles. The Denali Park Road and the Bicycle Trail are among those areas in Denali National Park and Preserve where e-bikes will be allowed.
Because e-bikes will be allowed on durable surfaces where traditional bicycles and/or motorized vehicle traffic is already present, e-bike use is not anticipated to have additional environmental impacts, or impacts of a substantially different nature than those resulting from existing bicycle and motor vehicle use.
A public comment period regarding proposed changes to the compendium was open from January 15, 2020 - February 15, 2020. In addition to the final 2020 compendium, a summary of substantive comments and responses to those comments is attached.
General information about park compendiums:
Regulations set forth in the Superintendent's Compendium are categorically excluded under the National Environmental Policy Act (42 USC 4321 et seq.); Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508); U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) regulations (43 CFR Part 46); DOI Manual part 516; and NPS Director's Order 12 - Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-Making.
The Superintendent's Compendium is the summary of park specific rules implemented under the discretionary authority of the park Superintendent. The park compendium is updated annually and is a written compilation that addresses designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions and/or specifications imposed under the discretionary authority of the superintendent. The Superintendent's Compendium is prepared in accordance with the delegated authority contained within the regulations in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter I, Parts 1 through 7, as authorized by Title 54, United States Code, Section 100101 and 100751, and establishes regulatory provisions for Denali National Park and Preserve. Parts 1 through 6 are general regulations applicable to all areas of the National Park System, and Part 13 contains special regulations specific to individual parks in Alaska.
The park compendium does not contain those regulations found in 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and other United States Codes (U.S.C.) and CFR Titles which are enforced without further elaboration at the park level.
This categorical exclusion (CE) addresses regulations regarding e-bikes in the 2020 Denali National Park and Preserve Superintendent's Compendium.