As e-bikes begin to catch on, more parks must decide if they belong on the trails with classic bikes.
Scooters and other motorized vehicles are banned from metro area trails, so where does that leave increasingly popular electric bikes?
Arguing that power-assisted, pedaled electric bikes are not motorized vehicles, Three Rivers Park District staff is recommending that the board welcome them to its trails and hoping that cities with connecting trails will follow suit.
So far Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Plymouth are considering updating city bike ordinances in favor of the e-bike. Minneapolis says electric bikes belong on the parkways with other motorized traffic. St. Paul has yet to take up the issue.
Take a look at the electric bikes available at Erik’s Bike Shop.