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Pitkin County com­mis­sion­ers have reaf­firmed a ban on elec­tric-as­sisted bi­cy­cles on all trails.

The emer­gency or­di­nance, which took ef­fect im­me­di­ately, is set to last un­til May 1. It comes in re­sponse to a state law that goes into ef­fect Wed­nes­day and al­lows e-bikes to be used on all trails ac­ces­si­ble to bi­cy­cles and pedes­tri­ans, Pitkin County man­ager Jon Pea­cock said.

“This is de­signed to give our com­mu­nity time for a more thor­ough dis­cus­sion about the is­sue,” Pea­cock said.

Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails pro­gram cur­rently pro­hibits e-bikes on all the trails it con­trols, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar Rio Grande Trail, he said. Peo­ple who are “mo­bil­ity im­paired” are the only users al­lowed to op­er­ate the ebikes on paved trails.

E-bikes are pro­hib­ited on all soft-sur­face and sin­gle­track trails owned by the Open Space Pro­gram, said Lind­sey Ut­ter, the pro­gram’s plan­ning and out­reach man­ager.

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