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Electric Assist Bicycles
On April 19 the Fort Collins City Council approved a one-year electric assist bicycle pilot program that will allow e-bikes on paved trails in Fort Collins beginning May 1, 2019.
The change is prompted by a new state law allowing e-bikes on trails unless otherwise restricted by a local jurisdiction, and the growing popularity of e-bikes. The City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, Transportation Board and six other City Boards passed recommendations in support of a pilot program to allow and evaluate e-bikes on paved trails.
The pilot program includes:
- One-year trial period beginning May 1, 2019
- Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes only (electric assist provided up to 20 mph)
- All paved trails (no unpaved trails)
- Extensive education and evaluation
For questions, please contact Tessa Greegor: dGdyZWVnb3JAZmNnb3YuY29t
What are E-bikes?
|Under Colorado and Fort Collins law, e-bikes are defined as bicycles with two or three wheels, fully operable pedals, and an electric motor.|
|Class 1 E-bike||Class 2 E-bike||Class 3 E-bike|
Provides electrical assistance only while the rider is pedaling, up to 20 mph
Provides electrical assistance regardless if the rider is pedaling or not, up to 20 mph
|Provides electrical assistance while the rider is pedaling, up to 28 mph. Class 3 e-bikes must be equipped with a speedometer, and may not be ridden by people under 16 (unless as a passenger). People under 18 must wear a helmet.|