Vail to consider e-bike pilot program
VAIL — The Vail Town Council will consider first reading of an ordinance that would allow the operation of electric assisted bicycles on designated recreation paths in Vail on a trial basis during its Tuesday meeting. Ordinance No. 9 is listed as action item 6.1 on the meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers with opportunities for public comment.
As proposed, the ordinance would allow a four-month trial of motor-activated e-bikes on designated bicycle or pedestrian paths in town, such as the Gore Valley Recreation Trail between Lionshead and Dowd Junction and between Sunburst Circle and East Vail. Operators would need to be 16 years of age or older.
The draft ordinance also lists areas that would be prohibited from e-bike activation to prevent conflicts with high concentrations of pedestrians. Proposed blackout areas include Vail Village and Lionshead Village, the Vail Nature Center and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Ford Park, all children’s playgrounds and the village streamwalk.
Vail’s town code currently prohibits operation of motor-activated e-bikes on bicycle and pedestrian paths in town. The ordinance has been proposed to accommodate rental equipment available at several bike shops in town and to encourage the use of environmentally-friendly modes of transportation.
The ordinance requires two readings by the town council for approval. For for more information, go to vailgov.com. To offer comments and suggestions in advance of the meeting, email email@example.com.