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    Jefferson County Colorado Open Space - eBike pilot program

    At a meeting tonight, it was announced that all Jeffco Open Space trails open to MTBs are open to Class 1 eMTBs as well, under a pilot program.

    Details will be posted soon on the JCOS website.

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    That will be a great test case - Jeffco has a very crowded trail system (especially Lookout/Apex) due to it's close proximity to Denver. It was crazy/insufferable on any weekend day even back when I lived in the area, and that was 6 years ago now. Given Denver's crazy population growth it must be even more nuts.

    So if e-bikes are going to cause problems, Jeffco is probably the place for it, assuming there are some meaningful number of e-bikes actually out there that will hit the trails. If there are just a couple people, then it's not such a useful test case, of course. No idea how many CO peeps have e-bikes.

    It used to be a constant battle to prevent bike bans there due to crowding and conflict. Hopefully it all works out!

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    I'm all for local control, have at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walt View Post
    That will be a great test case - Jeffco has a very crowded trail system (especially Lookout/Apex) due to it's close proximity to Denver. It was crazy/insufferable on any weekend day even back when I lived in the area, and that was 6 years ago now. Given Denver's crazy population growth it must be even more nuts.

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    If ebikes can fly in Jeffco, they can fly anywhere.

    Jeffco trails now see 7 Million user visits per year. That is a crazy number. If you aren't slotted into a trailhead by 9:00 AM on a weekend you are screwed. North Table Mountain has gotten so bad that not only are the parking lots full, but the highway shoulders are full as well. It is only a matter of time before there is a bad car accident due to people parking on the shoulder and pulling out without looking. That trailhead in particular is a real cluster.

    What is really frightening is that there are a couple of huge subdivisions that are less than half built out that are poised to add another 10,000 people nearby, plus the huge growth in Denver itself, plus the growth in Broomfield and the Boulder areas, which send a lot of riders down to Jeffco. The Jeffco trails are the closest "real" MTB trails to the Denver core and to the entire west side suburban area from Highlands Ranch all the way up to Boulder.

    I predict that Jeffco will be the first local public trail system in the US to start requiring advance permits for use. I used to think that was just a nightmare projection into a distant future until Arches NP announced that they will be requiring reservations. If a National Park is fine with shutting out people from around the globe who spend big money to travel there, then Jeffco doing the same to the local trails is no big deal. This is our future - outdoor recreation will become an event you must plan for, pay for, and be able to attend at a certain time on a certain day.

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