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What’s the deal with ebikes in Colorado?

Luke Wampler of Aspen Velo bike shop takes a pedal-assist bicycles for a spin.
Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times |

Ah, that question seems so simple. The answer is not.

Here’s where things stand: Colorado trails that are authorized for bicycle use are, by default, open to e-bikes. However, local jurisdictions can prohibit them. Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, which manages a portion of the Rio Grande Trail, took that action.

That means RGT cyclists could ride from Glenwood Springs and into Eagle County on e-bikes, but they’d have to turn back when they reached the Emma schoolhouse.

This year, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, which manages the Rio Grande Trail, will host public meetings in early April. They’ll take public comments on the use of these bikes on paved paths. The recommended regulation is expected in May or June.

What’s that mean for you? Follow the latest at ebikesroaringforkvalley.com, or in The Aspen Times and Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

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