Memorial Day Closures
All city administration facilities and libraries will be closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. Some city facilities and services will be open.
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is working to evaluate the use of e-bikes on city open space trails where bikes are currently allowed. Currently, e-bikes are prohibited.
OSMP anticipates soliciting community feedback from early July to early August on a preliminary proposal being developed by staff regarding e-bike use on multi-use open space trails.
An e-bike is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor not exceeding 750 watts of power. E-bikes are treated by state statutes and local ordinance as bicycles. Local ordinance 7941 and State law (CRS § 42-1-102(58)) exclude e-bikes from the definition of a motor vehicle.
E-biking is an activity where participants are propelled by human power and low-powered electric-assist power. There are two classes of e-bikes being considered for use on open space lands.
Class 1: Low-speed 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 e-bike reaches 20 mph.
Class 2: Low-speed throttle-assisted electric bicycle equipped with a throttle-actuated motor, that ceases to provide assistance when the e-bike reaches 20 mph.
Currently, e-bikes are allowed on City of Boulder multi-use paths, except those on open space lands. E-biking also is allowed on Boulder County Parks & Open Space trails in the plains. However, a city ordinance currently prohibits visitors from riding e-bikes on City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks trails – unless the path or trail has been transferred to another city department.