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Class II E-Bikes permitted on trails starting this weekend

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Starting Saturday, June 1st, Class II e-Bikes will be allowed on the 30 plus miles of the Sioux Falls Greenway Trail system. The idea was originally proposed by former council member Greg Neitzert and current member Sara Cole.

“E-bikes have been a game changer for people that want to just get out and get active. Sometimes it’s just a matter of we’re just getting a little older. We just might have a little bit of mobility challenge or just a difference in in athletic ability,” Neitzert said.

Class I e-bikes are already permitted on sidewalks and trails. Both allow the motor to reach up to 20 miles per hour, but class II does not require the rider to be pedaling.

“The number of residents who own and enjoy e-bikes is increasing in our town, allowing class one and two e-bikes on shared use trails while keeping out faster motorized vehicles expands access for e-bike riders and maintains a safe environment for all trail users,” Brett Kollars said.

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Some users we talked to said they were indifferent about the change. Others who didn’t want to be on camera said they still have concerns about e-bike riders following the speed limit.

“We will be monitoring the trail and it comes back to also the other trail users to be courteous, respectful. But also when they see something, they say something because we won’t know about a problem unless someone shares it,” Sioux Falls Police Department’s Sgt. Cody Schulz said.

The trail speed limit is 15 miles per hour. Class III e-bikes remain prohibited.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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