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.

See UPDATED Project below.

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.

See UPDATED Project below.

  • The City of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission is considering possible recommendations to City Council for a trial period allowing e-bikes on soft surface City owned trails. Current City policy only allows for Class 1 e-bikes on the Yampa River Core Trail and Walton Creek Trail (paved trails).  Additionally, there is discussion on whether or not class 2 e-bikes should be allowed on the Yampa River Core Trail and Walton Creek Trail.


    The City of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission is considering possible recommendations to City Council for a trial period allowing e-bikes on soft surface City owned trails. Current City policy only allows for Class 1 e-bikes on the Yampa River Core Trail and Walton Creek Trail (paved trails).  Additionally, there is discussion on whether or not class 2 e-bikes should be allowed on the Yampa River Core Trail and Walton Creek Trail.


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