Operation of E-Vehicles within Denver Park Trails/Facilities: Temporary Rule Modification + Safety Resources
The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is modifying the 180-day Rule Directive that allows electric vehicles (e-vehicles) on Denver trails and park facilities. This modification is to reflect that e-devices are allowed on soft surface trails in city parks, except where posted, and that e-devices are not allowed on soft surface trails in DPR Mountain Parks, except where other bicycles are allowed. This rule is now valid May 17, 2019 through November 17, 2019 and will be evaluated at the end of the period. A copy of the rule is on file with the Manager of Parks and Recreation and accessible through the Denver Parks and Recreation website. Read the full directive and find more information, including Frequently Asked Questions.
E-vehicles have become increasingly popular in the past few years, prompting city agencies and officials to take a closer look at public right-of-way rules and how they impact mobility options for people traveling throughout Denver. DPR is aware that e-vehicles are being used in parks and on trails and must evaluate how to best manage this activity. Please report any incidents related to the use of e-vehicles via the online evaluation tool which will be used to track potential problem-areas and challenges related to e-vehicles in parks and on trails. (Full URL:https://app.maptionnaire.com/en/5968/). At the end of the 180-day pilot period, DPR will evaluate issues reported via the online tool, 311 and pocketgov reports, along with incidents logged by Park Rangers. DPR recognizes the popularity of e-vehicles as a convenient method of transportation and may implement rule modifications to help make them a successful transportation option while maximizing the safety of other park and trail users.
DPR recognizes that education on safety, rules and etiquette is essential for all trail users, especially those using e-vehicles, as we only expect more people to begin using them as an alternate transportation method. Ranger education stations have begun popping up with temporary signage, print handouts, and staff available to answer questions and accept feedback on the impact of this rule on trail user experience. Your help in sharing the safety messages is appreciated! Below, please find suggested social media/newsletter messages to share with your communities, as well as attached postcard image:
HEADS UP—Denver Parks and Recreation has implemented a 180-day Rule Directive allowing the use of e-devices on Denver trails and park facilities to help evaluate how all trail activities can safely interact together. Learn more and submit feedback at www.denvergov.org/trails
FOR THE SAFETY & ENJOYMENT OF ALL USERS, PLEASE FOLLOW TRAIL RULES & ETIQUETTE:
Speed limit: 15 MPH ·Yield when entering the trail · Do not stop in travel lanes ·Stay to the right; announce to pass on the left · Lights on after sundown · Always wear a helmet! ·Do not occupy more than half the width of the trail, either single-vehicle or riding 2-abreast ·Call 311 (720.913.1311) to report incidents, camps, crashes & concerns. For more information and resources, visit denvergov.org/Trails.
*E-vehicles include electric and/or battery-powered bicycles, scooters, skateboards, “Segways”, unicycles and similar standing or sitting low-powered mobility devices. Note: This rule impacts Denver Parks and Trails ONLY.
Find more information and resources at denvergov.org/Trails.