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City seeks input on E-bike Paved Trail Pilot Program

Released on Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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As of May 1, 2019, the City of Fort Collins has joined other Colorado jurisdictions in allowing Class 1 and Class 2 electric-assist bicycles (e-bikes) on its paved multiuse trails. The Fort Collins City Council approved this as a one-year pilot program to evaluate impacts and seek public feedback associated with allowing e-bikes on paved trails. Over the past six months, the City has collected this data and feedback about e-bikes on paved trails, and shared information about safe and legal trail use.

The City is hoping to hear from more community members as it concludes this pilot program. What do you think about allowing electric-assist bicycles on paved trails in Fort Collins? Provide your feedback at: fcgov.com/ebikes

Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes include a small electric motor and provide a boost to the rider up to 20 miles per hour. These e-bikes look and sound very similar to regular bicycles. E-bikes are not allowed on the City’s unpaved trails. Gas-powered bikes are not allowed on any city trail, paved or otherwise. For more information on these regulations, please contact Tessa Greegor – PGFjbGFzcz0=">dGdyZWVnb3JAZmNnb3YuY29t.

Tips for safe and legal trail use:

Riding an e-bike, regular bike, skateboard or walking your dog? Whatever you do, the trails are for everyone and should be shared with respect. Follow these important tips to keep you safe, legal and friendly when traveling trails.

  • Buzzing is for Bees Not Trail Users:

When passing on the trail use an audible signal like a bell or your voice and give at least three feet of space. Make sure to pass on the left!

  • Use Safe Speeds:

Control your speed to create comfortable trails for all! Trails have a courtesy speed limit of 15 mph, but less should be used when passing or where it’s congested.

  • Do the “Right” Thing:

Keep your dogs, kids, strollers and whatever else you bring along to the right side of the trail, allowing two-way traffic and safe passing.

  • Be Seen:

At night or when visibility is poor, bicyclists are required to use a white front light and rear red reflector. When walking, jogging or using another mode, wear visible clothing or reflective gear so other trail users can see you.

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