The Boise City Council has approved changes to the city’s bicycle ordinance to address electric bicycles (e-bikes). E-bikes pedal and handle much like a regular bicycle, but they have an electric motor and a battery to augment human power. Under the ordinance changes approved by city council, an e-bike is defined as having motor with a power output of no more than 750 watts and a top speed of 20 miles per hour (which typically falls under Class 1 and Class 2). E-bikes that meet this definition are allowed:
- On streets in the City of Boise
- On sidewalks and crosswalks in the City of Boise
- In bike lanes throughout the City of Boise
- On the 25 miles of Greenbelt paths in the City of Boise
E-bikes that can reach or exceed speeds of 28 miles per hour (typically defined as Class 3) are not allowed on the Greenbelt, on sidewalks, in crosswalks or in bike lanes throughout the City of Boise under the ordinance.
In addition, no e-bikes (Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3) are allowed on Ridge to Rivers trails in the Boise Foothills. The use of e-bikes on certain city-owned Ridge to Rivers trails will only be allowed as an ADA accommodation for individuals with a mobility disability. For more information, click here.