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Colorado’s Jefferson County starts e-bike pilot program

Published February 21, 2018

GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Colorado's Jefferson County has launched a one-year e-bike pilot program that will allow Class 1 e-bikes on natural surface trails and Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on paved trails within Jeffco Open Space.

The Jeffco Open Space system includes 54,000 acres of preserved land, 28 parks and 236 miles of trails.

During the pilot year, Jeffco Open Space will gather and log feedback specific to e-bikes as well as monitor for trail damage that could be attributed to e-bikes. The yearlong trial will allow staff to reassess official e-bike policy at the end of the 2018 pilot, officials said in an alert posted on its site.

A Class 1 e-bike is defined as a pedal-assist bike equipped with a motor that activates only when the rider is pedaling, and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches 20 mph. A Class 2 e-bike is a throttle-assisted bike equipped with a motor that may be used to propel the bicycle, and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches 20 mph.

Jefferson County officials said the pilot is in line with Colorado state regulations, which allow Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on paved trails. Colorado passed HB 17-1151 in April 2017, which defined three classes of e-bikes and required manufacturers to label e-bikes by class, and allowed the use of Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on bike or pedestrian paths where bikes are allowed.

The bill gives local land management agencies the ability to determine e-bike use on trails under their jurisdiction.

“The Jefferson County Transportation & Engineering Division recommends using the current state legislation for the use of e-bikes in Jefferson County right of way and county-managed paved trails and paths,” said Steve Durian, Jefferson County director of transportation and engineering. “Creating new regulations specific to Jefferson County that are different from those throughout the rest the state would create a confusion for cyclists using e-bikes to know and understand jurisdictional boundaries. E-bikes continue to grow in popularity and are becoming an effective way to encourage travelers to use bikes as an alternative to automobiles resulting in decreased traffic congestion and improved air quality.”


Topics associated with this article: Electric bike

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