Vail Considers Electric Bikes On Recreational Paths

Vail's Town Council has asked staff to write regulations for a trial of electric bikes on paved recreation paths.

The Vail Daily reports that at a council meeting this week, officials and community members discussed pros such as making it easier for older people to navigate steep hills on bikes. They also discussed whether it would be safe for pedestrians and fast-moving electric bikes to share paths.

The Colorado Department of Transportation limits the use of electric bikes to public roads, but local authorities can draft their own rules.

Gregg Barrie, who is Vail's planner in charge of trails, told council members that Aspen and Pitkin County don't allow electric bikes on paved trails, but are considering trials.