City of Northampton, MA
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Chapter 312. Vehicles and Traffic

Article VII. Operation of Vehicles

§ 312-78. Multiuse trails.

[Added 2-17-1983; amended 6-1-2006; 12-7-2017 by Ord. No. 17.399]
No motorized vehicles or horses will be allowed on multiuse trails or bicycle paths, with the exception of emergency and/or maintenance vehicles belonging to National Grid, the City of Northampton, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or their agents. Notwithstanding the foregoing, low-speed electric bicycles as defined by 15 U.S.C. § 2085 and electrically powered mobility devices for people with disabilities shall be permitted on multiuse trails and bicycle paths. Multiuse trails include the MassCentral Rail Trail, the New Haven and Northampton Canal Line (Manhan) Rail Trail, the Rocky Hill Greenway, and any other marked multiuse trail (bicycle path), but not including earthen and walking trails.
[Amended 4-5-2018 by Ord. No. 18.043]
Under 15 U.S.C. § 2085, "low-speed electric bicycles " means a two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 hp), whose maximum speed on a paved, level surface when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds is less than 20 miles per hour. This section shall supersede any state law or requirement with respect to low-speed electric bicycles to the extent that such state law or requirement is more stringent than the federal law or requirements referred to in 15 U.S.C. § 2085. This definition does not apply to gasoline-powered motorized bicycles per MGL c. 90, § 1B or any other motorized scooter per MGL c. 90, § 1E.
Low-speed electric bicycles and electric-assist mobility devices shall not exceed a speed of 12 miles per hour on multiuse trails.
No trespassing onto private property from multiuse trails is permitted.
The disposal of trash or litter is prohibited.
No open fires are permitted on multiuse trails.
All users of the multiuse trails are required to:
Stop at all street crossings; and
Yield the right-of-way to vehicles in the road.
All traffic along multiuse trails will keep to the right at all times.