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Posted on: January 24, 2022

Resolution approved for use of e-bikes on Shawnee County trails

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TOPEKA, KAN. – Shawnee County Commissioners today approved a resolution authorizing the use of Class 1 and 2 electric-assisted bicycles on established e-bikes on Shawnee County Parks + Recreation trails. Operation of Class 3 e-bikes or any other type of electric-assisted bicycle is prohibited.

The approval comes after a study and consideration by the Shawnee County Parks + Recreation Advisory Board. Members of the bicycling community attended several board meetings to share their expertise and opinions on the use of e-bikes on local trails. Class 1 e-bikes are limited to a top speed of 20 miles per hour with a motor that only works when the rider is pedaling. Class 2 e-bikes are also limited to a speed of up to 20 miles per hours but have a throttle that works even when the rider is not pedaling. Class 3 e-bikes, by contrast, can go up to 28 miles per hour, must have a speedometer and may or may not have a throttle.

A committee appointed by the Advisory Board studied e-bike policies of various levels of parks systems before recommending a policy to Shawnee County Parks + Recreation.

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Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes nearly 60 miles of trails, 2,696 acres of parks and 320 annual days of sporting activities. In addition, the department offers recreation programs, educational programs and golf. A combination of tax dollars, user fees and private donations enables Shawnee County Parks and Recreation to offer parks, sporting and aquatic facilities with state-of-the art features, and beautiful, nationally recognized gardens.

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