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Debate intensifies on how much trail access to give e-bikes

National Parks Electric Bikes
Posted at 10:27 AM, Sep 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-04 12:27:53-04

DENVER (AP) — The debate over how much access to trails, if any, electric bicycles should be given has led to near-fist fights on some paths in Colorado as communities grapple with clashing opinions over their off-road use.

The Colorado Sun reports e-bike advocates have long touted them as a safe, environmentally friendly way to extend the promise of the outdoors to those unable to navigate trails on traditional bikes, including older riders and the disabled.

But critics compare e-bikes to motorcycles and fear they could pit other trail users against cyclists in general, jeopardizing hard-fought trail access for mountain bikes.