Colorado’s Jefferson County starts e-bike pilot program

By Lynette Carpiet

GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Jefferson County has launched a one-year e-bike pilot program that will allow Class 1 on natural surface trails and Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on paved trails within Jeffco Open Space.

The Jeffco Open Space system includes 54,000 acres of preserved land, 28 parks and 236 miles of trails.

During the pilot year, Jeffco Open Space will gather and log feedback specific to e-bikes as well as monitor for trail damage that could be attributed to e-bikes. The yearlong trial will allow staff to re-assess official e-bike policy at the end of the 2018 pilot, officials said in an alert posted on its site.

A Class 1 e-bike is defined as a pedal-assist bike equipped with a motor that activates only when the rider is pedaling, and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches 20 mph. A Class 2 e-bike is a throttle-assisted bike equipped with a motor that may be used to propel the bicycle, and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches 20 mph.

Jefferson County officials said the pilot is in line with Colorado state regulations, which allow Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on paved trails. Colorado …read more

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