Letter: Permanent e-bike access  | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Permanent e-bike access 

We respectfully ask RFTA to be a leader in the Roaring Fork Valley’s time of need and approve permanent e-bike usage on the trail system.

As defined by the state of Colorado, an electric bicycle is a bicycle with a motor with an output of no more than 750w and has pedals that propel the bike by human power. Electric bikes may not exceed 20 mph.

State law clarifies that an electric bike is a bicycle, not a motorized vehicle. Electric bikes are allowed on bike and pedestrian paths, but may not engage the motor unless allowed by local ordinance. The cities of Glenwood Springs, Boulder, Denver, Durango and Grand Junction (the Colorado Riverfront Trail system) are leading the way by allowing engaged e-bikes on their pedestrian paths. Gov. Hickenlooper believes in e-bikes and personally rides one himself.

CDOT has asked our local business community for help during the bridge shutdown, specifically, to help reduce cars on the road. To date the city of Glenwood Springs, Valley View Hospital, Gould Construction and RFTA have purchased e-bikes. More businesses need to step up and purchase e-bikes for their employees to use. Unfortunately, there is a problem. RFTA has not approved e-bikes on its trail system on a permanent basis. As such, it is difficult for local businesses to decide to invest $2,000 plus for each e-bike for staff members to commute, that can only be used for 95 days during the bridge shutdown.

Our local business leaders will be more likely to make the capital investment in e-bikes if they can be used long term.

Mark Gould

Glenwood Springs

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