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Council to Consider E-Bike Pilot Program

Released on Thursday, March 14, 2019
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The City of Fort Collins is proposing a new one-year electric assist bicycle pilot program that would allow e-bikes on paved trails in town.

On March 19, City Council will consider ordinances related to this pilot program. 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 have passed recommendations in support of a pilot program to allow and evaluate e-bikes on paved trails.

Current regulations prohibit riders from using e-bikes while the motor is engaged on city trails. The exception to this rule is under ADA regulations, which allow for the use of electric bikes as mobility devices. In 2017, the Colorado Legislature adopted new e-bike regulations, which included allowing Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on bike, pedestrian and multi-use paths unless otherwise regulated by a local government, which is the case in Fort Collins.

City staff have developed a proposed framework for this pilot program and presented it to various City Boards and Commissions for their input and recommendations. The proposed structure for the pilot program includes:

  • One-year trial period
  • 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

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