Fort Collins residents will have more options when it comes to getting around town. The City Council recently finalized its approval of electric scooters and e-bikes as part of a one-year pilot program. When riding scooters through Fort Collins, the Council added a dismount amendment, requiring all riders to dismount at all crosswalks. Otherwise, electric scooters can only be ridden on sidewalks and must yield the right of way to any pedestrian on the path. Other regulations include limiting scooter speeds to a maximum of 15 mph in all areas of the city
While helmet use is not required by law, the City will work with scooter vendors to provide educational materials and possible outreach to encourage riders to use helmets whenever riding. This outreach program will also seek to educate the public on sharing the walkways with scooter riders and on various safety issues when using these electric devices.
E-bikes on Fort Collins will be allowed from May 1 to April 2020 as part of a limited one-year pilot program. These electric bikes will be allowed on paved recreational paths around Fort Collins. Most local communities across the state of Colorado currently allow e-bikes to operate on paved trails. Advocates hope that these bikes encourage senior residents to get out and enjoy trails more easily. They also hope that it will enable the Fort Collins community to bike more and drive less whenever possible.
For the e-bike pilot program, only two classes of e-bikes will be allowed on Colorado paths. Class 3 e-bikes that reach speeds of 28mph are not being considered at this time. Only Class 1 and 2 e-bikes whose motors stop when the rider reaches 20 mph are being considered. The difference between Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes is that Class 1 e-bike motors only offer electrical assistance while the rider is pedaling. Class 2 e-bike motors offer assistance regardless of whether a rider is pedaling or not.
Unfortunately, the increase in electric scooters and e-bikes on the roads means a greater chance of accidents occurring. Even though scooter riders are required to dismount when crossing at crosswalks, they can still be hit by distracted drivers or reckless motorists. When this occurs, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries and for any damages you’ve suffered.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a scooter accident in Fort Collins, it is important to contact a law firm with experience representing pedestrian and scooter accident victims. Call the Fowler Law Firm today at (970) 232-3322 to find out how we can use our legal experience to help you recover maximum compensation. Our attorneys have been representing injured Fort Collins accident victims for decades and we can help you. Call us today!