May 27, 2021
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo .– The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services announced Monday the postponement of its pilot electric bicycle (e-bike) program until further notice. The one-year pilot program, which proposes to extend access to Class 1 electric bikes to all City-owned trails and to allow Class 2 electric bikes for the first time on city-owned trails the City, was to begin on May 31. start will allow the ministry to continue its due diligence in seeking further clarification on the definition of e-bikes and its alignment with the Colorado Springs city code.
The use of e-bikes has increased dramatically in recent years, prompting communities across the country to review and update trail policies. The pilot program, the result of listening to the local community and researching electric bike allocations in other communities, was created to assess the use of electric bikes and its impact on the trail network and l overall user experience in Colorado Springs. One of the strongest arguments heard in favor of allowing e-bikes to use the same trails as bikes is the inclusion and connection of people of all ages and abilities in leisure and commuting activities.
Colorado Springs has allowed Class 1 e-bikes on urban trails only since February 2018. Urban trails, like Cottonwood Creek, Foothills, Pikes Peak Greenway, and Sand Creek, are commonly described as local commuting and recreation trails that run through neighborhoods and connect to major urban areas in the city. Electric bikes are also allowed on the trails if the runner has obtained another electric mobility permit (OPDMD) from the Accessibility Office. This allows the use of OPDMD by people with reduced mobility in areas open to pedestrians, including footpaths. These uses will continue to be permitted.