Allow E-bikes and Equal Access for the Aging and Disabled in OUR National Parks!

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The Disabled and the Aging have found a way to enjoy the National Parks safely.  Please don't take this away!

E-bikes are an environmentally sound way for people who are disabled or have aching joints, cardiac issues, etc. to enjoy the great beauty of this nation independently.  Some national parks like Acadia National Park have put up signs denying access to this beauty that others who are physically uncompromised and can ride regular bikes enjoy.  Acadia National Park makes the disabled and the aging go through a process if they want to use an e-bike. Is this fair when those who are physically able to ride a regular bike can just enter the Park freely? Most  of the people who purchase/rent e-bikes are over 50, and/or have limited mobility, ride them often more slowly and carefully than some on regular bicycles, and just want to enjoy the same access provided to the non-disabled and younger members of society.  E-bikes are quiet and energy efficient.  They allow people to get exercise by pedaling and providing a little assistance if they need it. Our nation's national parks belong to ALL its citizens, not just the healthy, not just the mobile, not just the community by which they are located.  The disabled and the aging citizens should not be discriminated against and have to jump through hoops that others don't just to enjoy their rights of free access to public places like OUR national parks.  

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