E-Bikes | WA State Enacts New Law

Washington State has passed a new law (SB 6434) pertaining to the category and use of electric assist bicycles (e-bikes) within the state. The law went into effect on June 7th of this year.  

At this time, e-bike use on the Olympic Discovery Trail has not been addressed by each of its local jurisdictional authorities, so where no local regulations exists, e-bike use on the ODT is governed by the newly passed law.  

In part, SB 6434 does the following: 

Establishes three classifications of electric bicycles based on top speeds.
Eliminates age minimums for use of slower e-bikes (class 1 and class 2).
Defines where each classification is allowed to be operated.
Grants multi-use trail access to class 1 and class 2 e-bikes.
Restricts motor output for all e-bike classes to 750 watts.
Gives local jurisdictions the authority to supplement the state law.
Requires consistency for local regulations pertaining to shared-use paths crossing two or more jurisdictional boundaries.
Restricts e-bikes from operating on natural-surfaced, non-motorized use trails, unless authorized by local jurisdictions.

E-bike classifications established by SB 6434:

Class 1 electric-assisted bicycle means an electric-assisted bicycle in which the motor provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of twenty miles per hour.

Class 2 electric-assisted bicycle means an electric-assisted bicycle in which the motor may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle and is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of twenty miles per hour.

Class 3 electric-assisted bicycle means an electric-assisted bicycle in which the motor provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of twenty-eight miles per hour and is equipped with a speedometer.

Operating location restrictions for e-bikes, set in place by SB 6434:

All classes of electric-assisted bicycles may be operated on a fully controlled limited access highway.
Class 1 and 2 electric-assisted bicycles may be used on a sidewalk. 
Class 3 electric-assisted bicycles may not be used on a sidewalk unless there is no alternative to travel over a sidewalk as part of a bicycle or pedestrian path. 
Class 1 and 2 electric-assisted bicycles may use a shared-use path or any part of a highway designated for the use of bicycles, such as a bicycle lane.
Class 3 electric-assisted bicycles may be operated on facilities that are within or adjacent to a highway; however, they may not be operated on a shared-use path.

For further detail see the full SB 6434, attached below. RW

SB 6434-S.PL

2018 Traveler’s Journal Series Schedule

This February sees the return of our popular Traveler’s Journal Series!

Join us on any or every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m., February 1st through  March 22nd, at the Sequim High School Library for these popular presentations.

This year, local travelers share stories and images from across the United States and around the world.  Join our presenters as they share  their unique work and stories of travel and exploration.

2018 Traveler’s Journal Series Schedule

  • February 1:  Traveling in North Korea as a Party of Two
    By: Elston Hill
  • February 8:  Arctic to the Antarctic
    By: Mark & Nancy Roye
  • February 15:  Klee Wyck Journal: The Making of a Wilderness Retreat
    By: Lou McKee
  • February 22:  On Safari in Botswana and Tanzania
    By: Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock
  • March 1:  Border to Border 3 Friends: A Cycling Adventure
    By: Leilani Sundt
  • March 8:  Kayaking: Exploring Taiwan
    By: Nigel Foster
  • March 15:  Scotland, North Coast 500
    By: Tim & Mardi Guthrie
  • March 22:  Iceland, Land of Extremes
    By: Arvo & Christine Johnson

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Shows begin at 7:00 p.m.

Sequim High School Library
601 N. Sequim Avenue Google Map
Sequim, Washington
$5 suggested donation supports the Olympic Discovery Trail!

2018 Adventure Travel Series Schedule

This January, set your sights on adventure travel!
Join us on any or every Friday in January at 7:00 p.m., January 5 through  26, at the Port Angeles Senior Center for this very popular Adventure Series.

This year, local travelers share stories and images from across the United States and around the world.  Join our presenters as they share  their unique work and stories of adventure travel.

2018 Adventure Travel Series Schedule

  • January 5:  Planning Your Safari to Photograph East Africa’s Incredible Wildlife
    By:  Ken & Mary Campbell
  • January 12:   Before Drones I was Tied to the Earth
    By: John Gussman
  • January 19:  Crop Circles: The Ongoing Enigma
    By: Mark Schrader
  • January 26:  Winter American Serengeti and Ice Wonderland: Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and Alberta
    By: Elston & Jackie Hill

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Shows begin at 7:00 p.m.

Port Angeles Senior Center
328 E. 7th Street (Corner of 7th & Peabody) Google Map
Port Angeles, Washington
$5 suggested donation supports the Olympic Discovery Trail!

 

2017 Olympic Discovery Trail Annual Fundraiser

 

Come celebrate, dance, and bid on your favorite auction items, all in support of the Olympic Discovery Trail.  5-10 PM at McCurdy Pavilion, Fort Worden, Port Townsend, WA.

The Peninsula Trails Coalition presents its annual fundraiser for support and further development of the Olympic Discovery Trail.
The FreddyPink 10-piece Rock & Soul band plays for your listening and dancing pleasure. A silent auction of over 150 unique items is available for your viewing starting at 5:00 PM. Food and drink (beer, wine, cider, & soft drinks) are available for snacking. Food provided by Jefferson Healthcare chef Arran Stark.
All proceeds benefit the PTC to support the development of the Olympic Discovery Trail.
Tickets available through BrownPaperTickets  or at the door; suggested donation of $20.

Hwy 101 at Lake Crescent to be Closed 11-14 Sept.

From the NPS:  “Due to traffic safety concerns through the rock scaling zone the Federal Highway Administration has recommended a full closure for Highway 101 until the rock scaling is completed. The full closure is scheduled to begin Monday at 6:00 am and anticipated to last for up to four days.”

This will elevate the traffic volume on Hwy 112 substantially.

Follow the story on Facebook at the ODT FB Page as well as the ONP FB Page.

 

2017 Peninsula Trails Coalition President’s Message

President’s Message

            There are several introductory themes that come to mind on such a red-letter occasion as the launching of our fantastic new website:  finally hearing from us again (due to no newsletter for quite awhile); another great step (among many) in the progress of the ODT and PTC; the importance of being in touch with our members, friends, visitors, and others; etc., etc.  But I believe that this is bigger and different than all of that, or maybe this is all of that AND MORE.  To me, and I hope to all of you, this is THE BEGINNING OF THE COMPLETION PHASE OF THE OLYMPIC DISCOVERY TRAIL!  This is a really big deal.

            This new website is launching as we conclude the Peninsula Trails Coalition’s third decade.  Next September marks our 30th Anniversary, and in those three decades we’ve spearheaded everything that has taken us from the concept of the ODT to an already nationally recognized trail that is about 70% complete.  And even more exciting, we can look at virtually every missing section of the Pathway to the Pacific and see that definite progress is under way.  Truly, with your support, we can have every reason to expect that the Olympic Discovery Trail is completed within PTC’s next decade.  And I know that this new website will be our most important tool to get the job done.

            Please be sure to take a long, relaxed stroll (or ride!) through this awesome new website.  And come back to visit often.  It’s been designed and built with input from many of you, and with all of you in mind.  Led by board members Ron Wheeler and Brian Anderson, your PTC board is very proud of this finished product.  It will continue as a dynamic expression of the ODT and of who we are and what we’re doing.  It will be a primary forum for us to invite you to help and inform you about everything that is going on.  It will be THE place to come to learn how you can truly help make the next ten years the decade of completion for the Olympic Discovery Trail.

See you out there!
Jeff Bohman

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Update: East Beach Road Impact

Thanks to Rich James, Senior Transportation Planner for Clallam County, and Penny Wagner of the National Park Service for getting this detailed update out to us regarding impacts at and around East Beach Road, near Lake Crescent:

Highway 101 

The first four-hour delay on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent is scheduled for Thursday September 7, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

During this four-hour period, Highway 101 eastbound will be open to the turn for Barnes Point where Lake Crescent Lodge, Storm King Information Station, NatureBridge, and the trailheads are located. Highway 101 westbound will be closed near mile marker 229 where the current rock scaling operation is underway.

Travelers should plan ahead to drive through the construction zone before 9:00 am or wait until after 1:00 pm. Due to heavy truck traffic, a pilot car will lead all traffic on Highway 101 between mile marker 225 and 228 (located west of Barnes Point) during this four-hour period and travelers should expect 15-30 minute delays.

Travelers on Highway 101 around Lake Crescent should continue to expect half-hour delays Monday through Friday during work hours. Weekday work hours from April 1 through September 23 are restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset. Traveling in the morning before 8:00 am and after 6:00 pm can help travelers avoid the half-hour delays. After work hours and on weekends expect short delays for alternating single-lane traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals.

East Beach Road

East Beach Road has reopened to through traffic now that the replacement of the Log Cabin Creek culvert is complete. The new culvert allows for fish passage.

Paving operations on East Beach Road are scheduled to begin after Labor Day.

On September 6, paving patches will begin between the Lyre River Trailhead for the Spruce Railroad Trail and the intersection of Joyce-Piedmont and East Beach Roads.  There will be limited access between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm. Travelers should expect 30 to 60-minute delays.

On September 7,  paving operations between the Lyre River Trailhead for the Spruce Railroad Trail and the intersection of Joyce-Piedmont and East Beach Roads will restrict access to the area from 8:30 am to 11:00 am.  Following this period, paving patches will begin on East Beach Road with 30-minute delays until 6:30 pm. East Beach Road paving patches will continue during work hours on Friday, September 8 with 30-minute delays.

 

Neat video on segment of the ODT by Spirit Vision Films

Featuring Peninsula Trails Coalition Board President, Jeff Bohman, Rich James and other champions of the 130 mile Olympic Discovery Trail route.

“On the Road takes you along the 26 mile North Olympic Discovery Marathon route starting in Blyn, Washington at the Jamestown S’Klallam tribal center along the Olympic Discovery Trail, through the Jimmy Come Lately restored estuary, Sequim Bay State Park, across the 410 foot Johnson Creek trestle, arriving in Sequim, Washington, and then to the Railroad Bridge Park and Audubon center, through the flat Dungeness Valley, to the hilly ravines east of Port Angeles, then across the beautiful Morse Creek trestle and then along the Port Angeles Waterfront trail to finish in Port Angeles, Washington. Join us on this 30-minute adventure, while learning more at each stop along the way.”

Follow the story at the Olympic Discovery Trail Facebook page.