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Electric Assisted Bicycle Use on Multi-Use Paths

Electric Assisted Bicycle Use on Multi-Use Paths

Electric Assisted Bicycle (e-bike) use is permitted on certain multi-use paths within the City of Boulder. A Map of Multi-Use Paths that Allow E-Bike Use pdf was created to help raise awareness of which paths permit use of e-bikes.

Public Safety, Education and Outreach

During peak cycling and walking season, the city works closely with Shared Paths Boulder to raise awareness on path etiquette and rules. The Way of the Path outreach campaign is an effort to improve the safety and experience of the people using Boulder's multi-use paths. Path users are asked to pledge to follow path rules and etiquette in order to ensure a safe and courteous atmosphere for everyone. The campaign messaging highlights path users' rules and responsibilities, including:

  • e-bikes are allowed on the system;
  • comply with the 15 mph speed limit on multi-use paths;
  • keep right, pass left;
  • give an audible alert before passing; and
  • bike lights are required and reflective clothing is advised for nighttime use.

Ordinances allowing e-bike usage inside the City of Boulder have specifically excluded city Open Space and Mountain Parks land. However, the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department allows people experiencing disabilities to use Other Power/Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMDs), including electric-assisted cycles and handcycles. Learn more: https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/visitors-with-disabilities

Boulder County allows e-bikes on most county-managed trails on the plains where regular bikes are permitted. Learn more