Overland Park looking at 18-month pilot test of e-bikes on recreational trails

E-bikes let users turn on a motor to provide additional power when the pedals are in motion. Photo credit Ivan Radic. Used under a Creative Commons license.

Bicycles that get an extra boost from electric motors may be allowed on Overland Park recreational trails soon in an experiment to see how they coexist with other trail users.

The city’s Community Development Committee is moving forward with a plan to run an 18-month pilot project that would allow certain types of motorized bikes on trails. If there are no significant problems, they could be allowed permanently.