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Electric Bikes
In April 2016 the City of Durango Code of Ordinances was revised to clarify the language on electric bicycles and other motorized vehicles within City open space, parks and trails systems.  The adopted ordinance prohibits the following conditions:

Sec. 18-34(j) To drive or park any motorized vehicle on any park, playground, trail, recreational facility or city owned open space except in an area established and maintained as a public street, driveway or public parking area.  The exception would include the authorized use of maintenance and/or emergency response vehicles as well as disabled individuals requiring motorized use for access in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  As used in this section the term "motorized vehicle" shall include motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, motor vehicles, motorscooters, motorbicycles, motorized bicycles, neighborhood electric vehicles and electric bicycles as defined in the Model Traffic Code.

Advisory Board Review

In response to citizen inquiries regarding the prohibited use of electric bicycles (E-bikes) on City trails, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board, and the Multi-Modal Advisory Board held a joint Board meeting on September 19, 2016 to present information regarding E-bikes and hear public testimony.

Following the September 2016 meeting, the Advisory Boards established an E-Bike Subcommittee comprised of two Members from each Advisory Board.  This E-Bike Subcommittee met on November 2, 2016, December 5, 2016, January 25, 2017 and February 21, 2017 to discuss potential policies related to the use of E-Bikes on City trails.

Policy considerations pertaining to E-bikes were also discussed during this time frame with each Advisory Board at their regular Board meetings in November, December, January, February, March and April.  Additional Joint Advisory Board meetings were held on April 13, 2017 and May 15, 2017.  The Advisory Boards approved the E-bikes Recommendation to the Durango City Council on May 15, 2017.

Electric Bicycle (E-Bike) Advisory Board Recommendation 5-15-17


City of Durango Staff E-bike Summary 
City of Durango Staff E-bike PowerPoint Presentation at the September 19, 2016 Meeting 

Public Comments and Community Discussion

E-Bike Videos 

E-Bike Information