Use of Electric Bikes and Scooters on Trails in Arvada

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Overview

The City of Arvada is updating its policy on the use of electric personal mobility devices (e-bikes, e-scooters, etc.) and is looking for feedback from the public to help shape the policy. While Colorado state law currently allows these devices to operate on roadways, the City of Arvada needs to decide if we should allow them on trails. As more people take to the trails and to bicycling for fun and transportation, it is time that the City decide whether or not to allow electric assist on the trails, and what rules to put in place.

Background

The City recently completed a process with the Transportation Committee that recommended a six-month pilot project allowing micromobility companies (Bird, Lime, Jump, etc.) to operate within a one-mile radius of the G-Line to enhance transit connectivity.

Before the rules and regulations related to micromobility can be finalized, the City needs to decide if electric assist bikes, scooters, and other devices are allowed on trails.

Process

This Speak Up Arvada page will serve as the hub of information where you can give us feedback by taking surveys, finding out about upcoming public meetings and other engagement opportunities, learning about upcoming City Council presentations, and following a timeline and schedule of events as we move through this process together.

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Overview

The City of Arvada is updating its policy on the use of electric personal mobility devices (e-bikes, e-scooters, etc.) and is looking for feedback from the public to help shape the policy. While Colorado state law currently allows these devices to operate on roadways, the City of Arvada needs to decide if we should allow them on trails. As more people take to the trails and to bicycling for fun and transportation, it is time that the City decide whether or not to allow electric assist on the trails, and what rules to put in place.

Background

The City recently completed a process with the Transportation Committee that recommended a six-month pilot project allowing micromobility companies (Bird, Lime, Jump, etc.) to operate within a one-mile radius of the G-Line to enhance transit connectivity.

Before the rules and regulations related to micromobility can be finalized, the City needs to decide if electric assist bikes, scooters, and other devices are allowed on trails.

Process

This Speak Up Arvada page will serve as the hub of information where you can give us feedback by taking surveys, finding out about upcoming public meetings and other engagement opportunities, learning about upcoming City Council presentations, and following a timeline and schedule of events as we move through this process together.

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  • Colorado classifies electric bicycles into 3 categories. For the purpose of this survey, Class I and Class II are the only electric bicycle types being considered for allowance on Arvada's off-street trails. 

    Class I: an electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 mph.

    Class II: an electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance regardless of whether the rider is pedaling but ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 mph.

    Class III (not under consideration): an electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 28 mph.


    Electric Bicycle (Road)


    Electric Bicycle (Mountain)

    Electric Scooter

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