E-Bikes

In April 2018, Steamboat Springs City Council passed Resolution 2018-18 approving Class 1 e-bikes on the Yampa River Core Trail and Walton Creek Trail. This resolution was implemented after a year-long trial period with minimal negative public input or feedback on e-bike usage. The city is reevaluating the use of electric bikes (e-bikes) on trails and updating current policies. As e-bike use increases, policies are shifting locally, nationally and internationally allowing more e-bike access on public lands.

Currently only Class 1 e-bikes are approved on the Yampa River Core Trail and Walton Creek Trail, yet Class 1 e-bikes are being used on soft surface trails throughout the city, including neighborhood trails and Emerald Mountain trails. Additionally, Class 2 e-bikes are being used daily on the Yampa River Core Trail and other trails throughout the City. E-bike classes:

  • Class 1- Pedal assist- max assisted speed of 20 mph
  • Class 2- Throttle assist- max assisted speed of 20 mph
  • Class 3- Pedal assist- max assisted speed of 28 mph

E-bikes are becoming more widely accepted in more communities and we can learn from their experiences to proactively address e-bike usage.

In April 2018, Steamboat Springs City Council passed Resolution 2018-18 approving Class 1 e-bikes on the Yampa River Core Trail and Walton Creek Trail. This resolution was implemented after a year-long trial period with minimal negative public input or feedback on e-bike usage. The city is reevaluating the use of electric bikes (e-bikes) on trails and updating current policies. As e-bike use increases, policies are shifting locally, nationally and internationally allowing more e-bike access on public lands.

Currently only Class 1 e-bikes are approved on the Yampa River Core Trail and Walton Creek Trail, yet Class 1 e-bikes are being used on soft surface trails throughout the city, including neighborhood trails and Emerald Mountain trails. Additionally, Class 2 e-bikes are being used daily on the Yampa River Core Trail and other trails throughout the City. E-bike classes:

  • Class 1- Pedal assist- max assisted speed of 20 mph
  • Class 2- Throttle assist- max assisted speed of 20 mph
  • Class 3- Pedal assist- max assisted speed of 28 mph

E-bikes are becoming more widely accepted in more communities and we can learn from their experiences to proactively address e-bike usage.

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    Interested in your thoughts on e-bikes and their use on city trails.  Please share your comments and insights on how you would like to see e-bikes used, where permitted and allowable class types. 

    Interested in your thoughts on e-bikes and their use on city trails.  Please share your comments and insights on how you would like to see e-bikes used, where permitted and allowable class types. 

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