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Whistler Releases E-Bike Policy Development Engagement Report
May 13, 2019, 9:51 am

Whistler Releases E-Bike Policy Development Engagement Report

Resort Municipality of Whistler

WHISTLER - In March, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) received feedback on draft e-bike policy directions at an open house attended by 75 people and through an online survey completed by 584 community members. Feedback from the open house and survey has now been compiled and is being shared with the community.

Mayor Jack Crompton said, “This is obviously a topic of interest to many people in Whistler from off-road trail and Valley Trail riders, to commuters, business owners, visitors, community organizations and activity operators. Staff are carefully considering input received and are in the process of sharing the engagement report with Council committees, the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) and the community.”

He added, “The intention of the e-bike policy or regulations being developed is to manage responsible e-bike use on our trails—to set the tone and culture of responsible riding–and be flexible enough to adapt to any emergent issues, new technologies or trends in the years to come. Implementation will occur this spring and summer, along with an e-bike monitoring program that will allow the policy or regulations to be adjusted as needed in the future.”

Next steps
The e-bike engagement report from phase 2 of the project will inform the next phases in the project, which are:
  • Phase 3 (May to June 2019) – development of policy or regulations
  • Phase 4 (June 2019 onwards) – implementation and public communication
  • Phase 5 (Ongoing) – monitoring and evaluation

Learn more about the project at whistler.ca/ebikes.

E-bike policy development is just one of several 2019 trail-related initiatives being spearheaded by the municipality. These initiatives range from developing a comprehensive Recreation Trails Strategy and Grizzly Bear–Human Conflict Mitigation Strategy to trailhead and parking updates.

About the e-bike policy development
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has been leading a project with the Whistler Centre for Sustainability to develop policies or regulations for the use of e-mobility devices on the Valley Trail and local recreation off-road trails managed by the RMOW, Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA), and Recreation Sites and Trails BC (provincial Crown Lands) within the boundaries of the Cheakamus Community Forest.

The Province of B.C. recently released its new e-bike policy(link is external) for designated trails managed by Recreation Sites and Trails BC.

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