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Posted on: October 14, 2019

Public input sought on E-bike pilot program now underway on JCPRD trails

Coffee Creek Streamway Trail

Public input is currently being sought on the use of two classifications of electric bicycles on Johnson County Park and Recreation District trails.

This pilot program began July 15 and is meant to give e-bikes in classes 1 and 3 a six-month trial run on all JCPRD paved trails, but does not include earthen trails. To submit input, address comments to by Jan. 15.

Under the pilot project, e-bikes in Class 1, which can reach speeds up to 20 miles per hour, and Class 3, which can reach speeds of up to 28 miles per hour, are allowed. Both classes are considered “pedal-assist,” meaning that the rider propels the bike normally, while a motor aids in powering the rear wheel. Not allowed are e-bikes in Class 2, which are throttle-operated and do not require any additional pedaling by the rider. Other vehicles such as motorized scooters and Segways are also still prohibited on JCPRD trails. 

The goal of the trial is to determine if a variance to JCPRD’s Code of Regulations relating to using a motorized conveyance on designated paved trails should be made permanent.

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