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Process to regulate electric bikes, scooters underway in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- While some people consider electric bicycles and scooters more as necessary forms of transportation than recreation, others say the devices are out of place in an area known for natural beauty and the love of jogging, hiking and biking.

In any case, use of the devices is growing in Colorado Springs, and officials are considering how to regulate them.

The process of regulating electric bikes, however, is farther along than the process of regulating electric scooters, a city spokesperson said Monday.

Electric bikes can be used on city streets and roads but only three classifications -- ranging from less motorized to more motorized -- are allowed on trails.

"We started a process 18 months ago to get ahead of the curve on electric bikes because the technology changes so quickly," said Scott Abbott, of the city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department.

The common perception is that e-bikes are loud but newer models are so quiet they can't be heard.

Abbott said the city will soon begin a two-week period of soliciting online feedback about the bikes, after which officials will decide if more regulations are necessary.

"We've found that most of the users are older people who use the bikes for recreation," Abbott said. "A motorized bike can help people with physical limitations still get out and enjoy recreation."

The Parks Department is in charge of electric bike regulations, and changes don't require the City Council's approval.

However, council approval is required for regulating electric scooters, and council members only recently had their first discussion on the matter.

"We saw the first draft of an ordinance in our work session last week," said Councilwoman Jill Gaebler. "We're considering this not because we want scooters, but because we know they're coming."

Gaebler said no regulations currently exist in the city and most scooters are user-owned. But she said that in many cities, a vendor rents scooters primarily in downtown areas where scooters serve as an effective transportation option.

The matter will come up again at a council work session next week, and could be on the regular council agenda for a vote next month.

What about electric skateboards?

Presently -- except for being prohibited in Garden of the Gods and North Cheyenne Cañon Park -- there are no written regulations on electric skateboards.

Scott Harrison

Scott is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Scott here.



    1. The Springs is just getting into these types of transportation, and eventually- companies that will come asking to establish a presence here. It will wax for several years until all the abandoned bikes laying around start to become unattractive, and no support from the company whatsoever. Then the bikes will be gone with good riddance.
      Also, can these vehicles use the bike lanes?

  1. Why does the council feel a need to regulate them in the first place? More of a power grab sounds like their only reason. Sounds like they need something else to do, rather than messing with a minor form of transportation. IF, at some time in the future, a corporate entity wants to establish a rent-a-bike or -scooter, deal with it then rather than messing with individuals.

    1. Because they can be dangerous, both to the riders and to others. Anything with a motor can go out of control, especially if being operated by someone young. And I don’t even see a mention of age restrictions, and yet lots of kids use motorized ride-on “toys” around the place. They sometimes run out into real traffic that can’t stop on a dime, and adults on motorized bicycles sometimes weave in and out of pedestrians walking on pathways. So as long as there are parents who don’t supervise their children, and adults who don’t use common sense, there will be a need for regulations.

  2. Keep them off single track trails. They are dangerous to peddlers. Monument Valley, Santa Fe trail, just fine, but not the State Park, Red Rocks, Ute Valley, Palmer Park, Stratton AFA, etc.

  3. The Springs would be better served by

    (a) enforcing speed limits on residential and near residential streets…for example, North Nevada and North Cascade and North Weber are NOT freeways but drivers treat them as such;

    (b) stop outward expansion of low-density housing vs high-cost infrastructure, which is a burden to the high-density vs low-cost infrastructure in the rest of the city.

    (c) because developers will never allow (b) to happen, split the city into smaller cities–then the suburbs can take care of their own infrastructure (like Aurora, Centennial, Lakewood, etc).

    Let’s face it: the interests of the west side and central Colorado Springs areas do not match the interests of sprawling housing tracts on the east side and the businesses along Powers or even Academy. Small Cities == Smaller Government == Smaller, More Managable Costs.

  4. All the homeless, dog feces and drug dealers on the trails are more of a problem….I guarantee that they will come up with laws requirng regisration or some type of fee/tax, it is always about the money…..The bikes/scooters are electric I heard people let rip some gas louder than them. It’s a hoax to grab our money.

  5. I can’t wait to get an electric bike and then ride it in the bike Lanes. no wait a second I just remembered riding a two-wheeled vehicle that weighs 150 lb around a bunch of 2-ton cars and trucks is a stupid idea.

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