Public Hearing on Nov. 8 at 3 p.m.
Parks & Open Space staff will present an updated recommendation regarding the use of e-bikes to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The recommendation remains the same as presented at the Aug. 22 Public Hearing, and that is to allow Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on most trails on the plains where bikes are currently allowed for a pilot period of one year.
At the Aug. 22 Public Hearing, the BOCC indicated support for allowing e-bikes on county open space trails, especially trails that serve a commuting purpose. The commissioners did not support allowing e-bikes under an interpretation of the new state law, given that the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan restricts recreation on open space to passive uses, defined in part as non-motorized. The BOCC directed staff to investigate 1) amending the comprehensive plan definition of passive recreation and 2) removing selected trail corridors from open space designation. Please see the Staff Memo for complete analysis of the options.
At the Nov. 8 Public Hearing, staff seeks BOCC decisions on these questions:
- Should e-bikes be allowed on selected county trails for a one-year pilot period?
- If yes, which trails should be open to e-bikes during the pilot period?
- If yes, what avenue would the BOCC like staff to pursue for allowing e-bikes on selected county trails after the pilot period?
- Explore an update to the comprehensive plan definition of passive recreation during the pilot period, then revisit the question of which trails are appropriate for e-bike access.
- Change the designation to something other than open space on selected trail corridors where e-bike access is deemed appropriate after the pilot period.
Please see the Staff Memo for complete details.