Class 1 E-Bikes on City Trails

Effective January 10, 2019, Sioux Falls City ordinances will allow Class 1 E-bikes on City recreational trails, sidewalks, side paths, cycle tracks and in bike lanes.

Class 1 E-bikes pedal and handle much like a regular bicycle, but they have an electric motor and a battery to assist human power yet require the rider to continuously pedal while the motor is operated.

The ordinance change approved by the City Council permits Class 1 E-bikes with a motor that has a power output of no more than 750 watts and a top assisted speed of 20 miles per hour. E-bikes fitting this criteria will be allowed on cycle tracks, sidewalks, recreational trails and in bike lanes. Class 1, 2 and 3 E-Bikes are permitted on City streets with regular traffic.

“The addition of E-bikes provides an opportunity to remind all trail users of proper safety and etiquette for both cyclists and walkers. Be courteous and aware of your surroundings no matter your mode of transportation,” said Don Kearney, Director of Parks and Recreation. “It’s important we work together to ensure a safe and accommodating trail system.”

All users should share the trail in a careful and responsible manner:

  • Control your speed. Speed limit of 15 mph.
  • Keep to the right. Yield to pedestrians and slower moving traffic, except when passing.
  • Be careful at crossings. Look both ways.
  • Groups of trail users should never occupy the full width of the recreational trail.
  • Advise others when passing. (i.e., “On your left”)

Additional information is available at www.siouxfalls.org/bike.

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