The City of Perryville continued its discussion regarding electric bikes on sidewalks/city trails at its meeting on July 5.
The board discussed it at length and during his research City Attorney Art Pistorio found existing Missouri state law and statutes that address the matter. It was proposed refer to state law to address e-bikes but modify city ordinances that currently prohibit any self-propelled vehicles in the city park.
This would allow Class 1 and Class 2 electric bikes, that go under 20 miles per hour. “Basically it says that anything that is gas powered or has a motor that is measured in CCs or something like that, would not be allowed,” Perryville City Administrator Brent Buerck said.
Buerck and the board felt like the electric bike is growing in popularity and that it was time to revisit the ordinances when it comes to such vehicles.
“They are becoming more and more available and people are getting them,” Buerck said. “State parks allow them and we are trying to mirror what they do on a lot of their trails.”
Multiple Aldermen expressed concern for elderly residents and children walking on the trail, as well as the many people who walk their dogs and how they can keep everyone safe when it comes to passing or meeting on the trails.