Boulder County considers allowing e-bikes in open space

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BOULDER, Colo. -- As long as people have mounted their self-propelled contraptions and headed for the hills, it’s been people versus mountains.

But people, like everything else, age. And as necessity is the mother of invention, the e-bike was born.

The electronic bike is like a regular bike. It has a motor in the front hub, and it has a battery in the down to. It does have a little extra weight but otherwise, it’s a bike.

Since 1975, Boulder County has prohibited any motorized vehicles in open space parks.

But the times, they are a changin’.

Last year, the state passed a bill that changed the definition of e-bikes from being motorized to a nonmotorized vehicle.

Boulder County still prohibited use of them, but popular demand has caused the county to reconsider.

Ultimately, it will be up to Boulder County commissioners whether to allow e-bikes on trails. The question to answer is where are they appropriate.

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