Mountain Bike Team


The SCVSAR Mountain Bike Team gives our SAR organization the ability to quickly cover ground where other mechanized vehicles may not be able to go. In searches where a subject is located on or near a trail that can be navigated by bike, we can often locate a missing person faster than a standard ground team.

The Mountain Bike Team can also repeatedly cover a trail faster than a team on foot. This is useful for containment purposes, and for subjects who may be wandering within the search area. We can also be used to resupply other ground teams on extended searches, to transport information for verification and we can expedite the response of advanced medical personnel should a subject be located and need medical care. An e-Mountain Bike equipped team enhances these benefits not only by a reduction in time to reach the subject but more substantially by allowing the responder to conserve energy for off-bike SAR duties, should they also become required for the mission.

Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR) was formed in 1958. On August 22, 1967 we were incorporated in the state of Washington and shortly thereafter granted non-profit Status (501c3).

We are an all-volunteer organization with roughly 300 members from all over Snohomish County. Our skills include first aid/CPR, search and survival, terrain and weather knowledge, map reading and orientation, helicopter rescue operations, search dogs, man tracking, swiftwater rescue, mountain climbing skills, operation support and much more.

The volunteers spend an average of 9,000 hours on more than 120 missions per year. Missions include: lost hikers, children, hunters, climbers, Alzheimer’s victims, missing aircraft, river/lake rescues, and assisting other agencies throughout the state.

SCVSAR never charges for its services. Our operation is mainly funded by private donations.

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Prospective Members

To join the Mountain Bike Team, you must first join Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue, and maintain an active membership in a parent unit. As such, you must be ready to deploy into wilderness areas with mission-ready packs and equipment; and be fully trained in communications, navigation, survival, first aid, and all other Department of Emergency Management required Core Competencies.

eBicycle Legal


In conformance with legislation adopted by the U.S. Congress defining this category of electric-power bicycle (15 U.S.C. 2085(b)), CPSC rules stipulate that low speed electric bicycles[50] (to include two- and three-wheel vehicles) are exempt from classification as motor vehicles providing they have fully operable pedals, an electric motor of less than 750W (1 hp), and a top motor-powered speed of less than 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) when operated by a rider weighing 170 pounds.[51] An electric bike remaining within these specifications is subject to the CPSC consumer product regulations for a bicycle. Commercially manufactured e-bikes exceeding these power and speed limits are regulated by the federal DOT and NHTSA as motor vehicles, and must meet additional safety requirements. The legislation enacting this amendment to the CPSC is also known as HR 727.[52]The text of HR 727 includes the statement: “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.” (Note that this refers to consumer product regulations enacted under the Consumer Product Safety Act. Preemption of more stringent state consumer product regulations does not limit State authority to regulate the use of electric bicycles, or bicycles in general, under state vehicle codes.)

“Electric-assisted bicycle” means a bicycle with two or three wheels, a saddle, fully operative pedals for human propulsion, and an electric motor. The electric-assisted bicycle’s electric motor must have a power output of no more than one thousand watts, be incapable of propelling the device at a speed of more than twenty miles per hour on level ground, and be incapable of further increasing the speed of the device when human power alone is used to propel the device beyond twenty miles per hour.[53]

Electric-assisted vehicles capable of more than 20 mph under combined human and electric power may qualify as a “moped” if the maximum speed is no higher than 30 mph.[123]
No person may drive either a two-wheeled or a three-wheeled motorcycle, or a motor-driven cycle unless such person has a valid driver’s license specially endorsed by the director to enable the holder to drive such vehicles. No driver’s license is required for operation of an electric-assisted bicycle if the operator is at least sixteen years of age. Persons under sixteen years of age may not operate an electric-assisted bicycle. Persons operating electric-assisted bicycles shall comply with all laws and regulations related to the use of bicycle helmets.

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Team Coordinator Kevin Andringa