E-bikes on Open Space
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E-bikes on Open Space

Boulder County seeks public input on the use of e-bikes on bike paths and trails. Your input will help shape staff recommendation for whether and where to allow certain classes of e-bikes.

Public Comment

Tell us what you think about e-bikes on open space using the survey.
The deadline to comment is Wednesday, Feb. 28

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Open House Dates

Three open houses were held in February.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

E-Bike Demo
4-5 p.m.
Stazio Ballfields South Parking Lot
2445 Stazio Drive, Boulder

Open House
5-6:30 p.m.
Boulder County Recycling Center
1901 63rd Street, Boulder

Saturday, Feb. 10

E-Bike Demo Canceled
E-bike demo is canceled due to weather. The Open House will still take place at 2:30 p.m.

Open House
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Goodhue Farmhouse
2005 S. 112th Street, Broomfield

Tuesday, Feb. 13

E-Bike Demo
4-5 p.m.
Lagerman Agricultural Preserve
7100 Pike Rd, Longmont

Open House
5-6:30 p.m.
Ron Stewart Parks & Open Space Building
5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont

Background

In 2017, HB17-1151 Electrical Assisted Bicycles Regulation Operation was passed. The bill changed Colorado bike law, specifically C.R.S. § 42-4- 1412, to allow Class I and II electric assisted bicycles on multi-use trails unless explicitly prohibited by the managing land agency. The bill gives local governments the authority to allow or prohibit the use of specified classes of electrical assisted bicycles on pedestrian paths and bike paths.

Motorized Vehicles Prohibited on Open Space

Motorized vehicles, including e-bikes, have always been prohibited on county open space trails. Bicycles are defined as “human-powered wheeled vehicles” (see Rules and Regulations Resolution No. 2016-25, items 8 and 9).

Rules & Regulations Update

On December 21, 2017, staff proposed several updates of the current Rules and Regulations to the Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee. One of the proposed updates clarifies the definition of bicycles as “exclusively human powered vehicles.” Another update prohibits the use of e-bikes on all trails unless otherwise designated.

Staff is now working to identify which trails would be appropriate for e-bike use and which classes of e-bikes should be allowed.

Individuals with Mobility Disabilities

Individuals with mobility disabilities are allowed to use Other Power-Driven Mobility devices (OPDMDs), which can include e-bikes, on all trails open for pedestrian use unless a particular trail has been designated as inappropriate for use by OPDMDs based upon the assessment factors found in 28 CFR § 35.137(b)(2) of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A current list of trails where OPDMDs are allowed is available on the Accessibility on Open Space page.

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E-Bike Definition & Classes

E-bikes, also known as an electric bicycles, powerbikes, pedelecs, or booster bikes, are bicycles with an integrated electric motor that does not exceed 750 watts of power.

  • Class I e-bikes provide electrical assistance only while the rider is pedaling. Electrical assistance stops when the bicycle reaches 20 mph.
  • Class II e-bikes provide electrical assistance regardless if the rider is pedaling or not. Electrical assistance stops when the bicycle reaches 20 mph.

Colorado Statute C.R.S. § 42-4- 1412 states:

(28.5) “Electrical assisted bicycle” means a vehicle having two or three wheels, fully operable pedals, and an electric motor not exceeding seven hundred fifty watts of power. Electrical assisted bicycles are further required to conform to one of three classes as follows:

(a) “Class 1 electrical assisted bicycle” means an electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of twenty miles per hour.

(b) “Class 2 electrical assisted bicycle” means an electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance regardless of whether the rider is pedaling but ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of twenty miles per hour.

(c) “Class 3 electrical assisted bicycle” means an electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of twenty-eight miles per hour.”

Next Steps

Public input will help shape staff recommendation for whether and where to allow certain classes of e-bikes. Trails approved for e-bike access would be covered under exceptions in the current Rules and Regulations.

Contact Us

Parks & Open Space

Tina Nielsen
303-678-6279