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Bills would allow electrically assisted bicycles on bike paths

Bills now under consideration at the Legislature would allow electrically assisted bicycles on bike paths.
HF 1412 and SF 1136 would let those bicycles operated on all bike pathways and trails, including state trails managed by the Department of Na

Bills now under consideration at the Legislature would allow electrically assisted bicycles on bike paths.

HF 1412 and SF 1136 would let those bicycles operated on all bike pathways and trails, including state trails managed by the Department of Natural Resources and paths created by local units of government, unless it is deemed that “operation of the electric-assisted bicycle is not consistent with safe use and enjoyment of the trail,” says House Public Information Services.

This wouldn’t include mopeds or motorized bicycles, said Dorian Grilley, executive director of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. Electric-assisted bicycles have only a “modest electrical assist” and most have a maximum speed of 20 mph, although most are ridden at 10 to 15 mph.

House sponsor Rep. Rich Murray, a Republican from Albert Lea, said he and his wife are biking more:

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“As we get older, electric-assisted bicycles will allow us to stay out on the trails, to enjoy nature, to keep exercising. This will allow elderly people, disabled people that opportunity to be outside enjoying all these trails and bike paths that we’ve put in all over this beautiful state.”