Electric bikes, also known as e-bikes, are bicycles with an integrated electric motor not exceeding 750 watts of power. Whether you are commuting to work, or taking in the sights around town, an e-bike is a great way to get around.
E-bikes fall into three different classes:
Class 1 e-bike is a low speed, pedal assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reached 20 mph.
Class 2 e-bike is a low speed, throttle assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle, and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reached 20 mph.
Class 3 e-bike is a pedal assisted electric bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches 28 mph. Class 3 e-bikes ARE NOT ALLOWED on any City trails.
E-Bikes in the City of Steamboat Springs
Electrical Assisted Bicycles (EABs) Policy:
E-bikes are defined by Colorado statute as Class 1, 2, or 3. They are not considered motor vehicles under the law, and are permitted on city streets and roads.
Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes are allowed on the following trails: Yampa River Core Trail, Walton Creek Trail, Bear Creek, Blue Sage, Butcherknife, Fox Creek, Sailors Way, and Tamarack Sneak.
E-bikes ARE NOT ALLOWED on any Emerald Mountain trails.
All bicycles must follow trail etiquette and abide by posted signs and trail closures.
Speed Limit: Maximum speed limit on all trails is 15 mph.
Helmet Requirements: Any person who is fifteen years of age or younger is legally required to wear a protective helmet when operating, or riding as a passenger, on any e-bikes or standard bicycles.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will reasonably accommodate disabled persons using EABs as "other power-driven mobility devices" on City bike trails and paths.