VAIL, Colo. (CBS4)– Vail is the latest town to take up rules for e-bikes, bicycles that have motors to give riders an added boost.

On Tuesday, Vail’s Town Council will take public comment on the new e-bike ordinance.

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The plan is to allow the bikes on paved recreation trails but not soft-surface trails.

The ordinance is meant to match up with Colorado’s e-bike laws. The Colorado Department of Transportation limits the use of electric bikes to public roads, but local authorities can draft their own rules.

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Gregg Barrie, who is Vail’s planner in charge of trails, told council members that Aspen and Pitkin County don’t allow electric bikes on paved trails, but are considering trials.

The Vail Town Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

  1. Since I started riding electric bicycles in 2007, there have been lots of great legislative changes in the state and nationally. Colorado became 1 of seven states led by California a few years ago to adopt a 3 class system, permitting Class 1 and 2 electric bikes on bicycle infrastructure. Despite objections by elitist cyclists, the new laws have worked out great according in California. Sensible and logical legislation. What possible legitimate objections could exist?

    Safety – The problem expressed by a false narrative is potentially excessive speed and rider recklessness. Total nonsense and no facts to support it! Electric powered bicycles are typically being used by older folks that sure don’t go all that fast and have no interest in being reckless.

    Access – Electric bicycles allow for people, older and less physically fit than they once were, to continue to enjoy bicycling in its many forms. Electric bicycles are safe, quiet and limited in speed capability by law (20 mph).

    Pedal-power-only thinking promotes denying access to elders and others unfairly, and is based on misunderstanding of safety or other related issues.

    There are plenty of other reasons but the bottom line is that ALL taxpayers should have access to public bicycle paths, not just athletic types. Besides, there is plenty of room for everyone. By the way, electric bike got me back into cycling and I’ve lost 20 lbs so far. Why deny folks the opportunity to get some exercise, lose weight and spend less time driving and more time and a quiet, pollution free electric bicycle? Please don’t deny us older folks a safe place to ride our electric bicycles in Vail.

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