Stearns County considers electric bike usage on trails

The Stearns County’s Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to get input from residents on the use of electric bicycles on county trails. The Stearns County Parks Department is considering changes to its trails ordinance to comply with state laws that specifically allow electric assisted bicycles on trails maintained by local units of government, in most cases.

The Minnesota Legislature recently made changes to state law to say that electric assisted bicycles with motors fewer than 1,000 watts are bicycles exempt from motorized vehicle trail restrictions. Commissioners will decide whether to allow electric bikes on the county’s pedestrian and bike trails to comply with the new state law.

The Stearns County Board will conduct the public hearing at 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Administration Center County Board Room, 705 Courthouse Square, downtown St Cloud.

Interested individuals can also send comments in advance to Stearns County Parks, 1802 County Road 137, Waite Park, MN  56387 or to parkinfo@co.stearns.mn.us.

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