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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.