Aspen Area Considering Expanded Trail Access For E-Bikes

E-bike access expansion may be on the horizon for the greater Aspen area. The Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association put out a survey on March 1st asking respondents to say whether or not they would like to see access for class 1 (no throttle, does not exceed 20mph with assist) mountain bikes on a wider area of trails in the area.

"Area land management agencies are studying the potential for Class 1 eMTB users to gain access to specific BLM trail areas, and maybe specific adjacent trails, that are currently open to mountain biking. Your responses will help to inform the public process." - RFMBA survey

The group is bringing their findings to negotiations with BLM regarding the future of land use and trail access in the region. The survey specifically mentions three trails that are managed by the BLM: Crown / Prince Creek Area, Lorax Trail, and New Castle Area.

Though e-bikes have proliferated heavily across the mountain bike world, government land management agencies have been slow to accept them and allow them the same access that traditional mountain bikes have. Surveys and initiatives like this are the hoops that e-bikers are going to have to jump through in order to expand their access.

Related: Disabled Rider Makes Powerful Case For Universal E-Bike Trail Access

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