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Vail Town Council on Tuesday, Feb. 20 will consider new e-bike, Segway regulations

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VAIL — The Vail Town Council will consider first reading of an ordinance that would modify allowed uses of Segway-type scooters and e-bikes within town boundaries at its evening meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The ordinance is listed as action item 5.2 on the meeting agenda, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers. There will be opportunities for public comment.

As drafted, Ordinance 5 would continue to allow the use of electronic personal assistive mobility devices, more commonly known as Segways, in designated areas within Vail's boundaries on a trial basis with additional restrictions. This includes limiting the number of Segway operators in town to one business with a requirement that only supervised tours be allowed with a maximum of 10 participants plus up to two guides. While unsupervised Segway rentals would be prohibited, personal owner-operated use by Segway owners would continue to be allowed in authorized locations.

Per a 2011 ordinance, the devices are allowed to operate on designated paved recreation trails and within the pedestrian zones of Vail Village and Lionhead Village. The existing regulations, which are being carried forward in the new ordinance, also prohibit the use of Segways in certain areas of Ford Park, the village streamwalk, children's playgrounds, turf areas, natural/unimproved areas and on streets and highways that are part of the state highway system. There is currently one business in town, Vail Segway, based in Vail Village that is impacted by the regulations.

Also included in the draft of Ordinance 5 is an amendment to the town's regulations related to use of electric-assisted bicycles. As drafted, the new ordinance more closely follows a new Colorado state law adopted in 2017 that classifies e-bikes into three "classes" and allows Class 1 and 2 e-bikes on paved recreation trails, while adding soft-surface trails to the list of prohibited areas. The town has allowed the use of electric assisted bicycles on its paved recreation trails since 2016; however, the new state law is prompting the recommended modifications, which are intended to provide continuity between jurisdictions.

For more information, call Gregg Barrie in the Vail Public Works Department, 970-479-2337.