Electric Bicycles (E-Bikes)

Overview

Electric bikes, also know as e-bikes, are simply bicycles with an integrated electric motor that can be used for propulsion. Whether you are commuting to work, or taking in the sights around town, an e-bike is a great way to get around. There are several different varieties and classes of e-bikes, and the City of Steamboat Springs does have an e-bike policy regarding the type of e-bikes allowed and where those bikes can and can't be used. 

There are currently three types of e-bikes:

  1. Class 1: Bicycles equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches 20 mph.
  2. Class 2: Bicycle equipped with a throttle-actuated motor, that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches 20 mph.
  3. Class 3: Bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches 28 mph. 

City of Steamboat Springs Bicycle Use Policy

Electrical Assisted Bicycles (EABs) Policy:

  • EABs are defined by Colorado statute as Class 1, 2, or 3. They are not considered motor vehicles under the law, and are permitted on City streets and roads.
  • Class 1 EABs are allowed on the paved portions of the City's Yampa River Core Trail and the Walton Creek Trail as approved in Resolution 2018-18.
  • EABs (including Class 1) are not currently permitted on ANY of the City's other hard or soft surface paths or trails.
  • Riders should note that EABs are currently treated as motor vehicles on US Forest Service and BLM properties, and therefore subject to restrictions by those agencies. 

All Bicycles:

  • All bicycles must follow trail etiquette and abide by posted signs and trail closures.  

ADA Compliance:

  • Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will reasonably accommodate disabled persons using EABs as "other power-driven mobility devices" on City bike trails and paths. 

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