The City of Durango held a one-year Electric Bicycle (E-bike) Pilot Program from September 2017 to September 2018. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board and the Multi Modal Advisory Board held a Joint Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 to discuss the results of the E-bike Pilot Program. The Joint Advisory Board then recommended to the Durango City Council to allow Class I and Class II E-bikes on designated hard surface trails. On December 18, 2018 the City Council passed an ordinance to amend chapter 18 of the City of Durango Code of Ordinances, authorizing the allowance of Class I and Class II E-bikes on the Animas River Trail, Florida Road Trail, and Goeglein Gulch Road Trail. E-bikes may be ridden on City streets and bike lanes at any time.
View the revised City Ordinance O-2018-25 here.
E-Bikes on Natural Surface Trails Public Process
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019 the Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Multimodal Advisory Board held a Joint Advisory Board Study Session and a regular meeting on E-bikes on the City of Durango’s Natural Surface Trails. All Boards will continue to discuss the subject in their individual board meetings and then will reconvene in another joint meeting on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Avenue.
Information Received by Advisory Boards:
- eMTB - Best Management Practices by People For Bikes
- The Durango Telegraph - City Rolls Out E-Mountain Bikes Discussion
- The Trouble With eMTB by Joe Vadeboncoeur
- Wildlife News - Impacts of Mountain Biking
- Mountain Journal - Does the E-Bike Invasion Represent a Menace to Wildlife and Character of Public Lands
- Salt Lake Magazine - Council Votes on E-Bikes in Park City