e-bikes

The city's proposed e-bikes pilot project has been delayed pending further study.

After citizens raised questions about the legality of allowing motorized vehicles on trails acquired through the Trails, Open Space and Parks program, the city has suspended plans for an e-bike pilot program "until further notice," the city said in a release issued May 27.

We wrote about the controversy here.

The one-year pilot program, which would have expanded Class 1 e-bike access to all City-owned trails and allow Class 2 e-bikes on City-owned urban trails for the first time, was set to begin May 31.

"The delayed start will allow the department to continue its due diligence in seeking further clarification on the definition of e-bikes and its alignment with the Code of the City of Colorado Springs," the city said in the release.

The release went on to make the city's case for allowing e-bikes on trails developed under the TOPS program.

"E-bike usage has significantly increased in recent years, prompting communities nationwide to look at and update trail policies. The pilot program, a result of listening to the local community and research of e-bike allowances in other communities, was created to evaluate e-bike usage and how it impacts the trail system and overall user experience in Colorado Springs. One of the strongest arguments heard in favor of allowing e-bikes to use the same trails as bicycles is inclusion and connecting people who represent all ages and abilities to recreation and commuting opportunities."

Since February 2018, the city has allowed Class 1 e-bikes on urban trails only. Urban trails, like Cottonwood Creek, Foothills, Pikes Peak Greenway and the Sand Creek trails, are typically described as local commuting and recreational trails that traverse neighborhoods and connect to the city’s core urban areas. E-bikes are also allowed on trails if the rider has obtained an other power-driven mobility device (OPDMD) permit through the Office of Accessibility. These uses will continue to be allowed.

 For more, go to ColoradoSprings.gov/ebike.

Senior Reporter

Pam Zubeck is a graduate from Emporia State University. She worked at the Tulsa Tribune before coming to Colorado Springs, where she spent 16 years at the Gazette and in 2009 joined Colorado Publishing House.