City of Albuquerque
File #: O-24-14   
Type: Ordinance Status: In Council - Reported from Committee
File created: 3/18/2024 In control: City Council
Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: C/S Amending Portions Of The Traffic Code (Chapter 8) And Open Space Lands And Regional Preserves (Chapter 5) Of The Code Of Ordinances To Define And Regulate Electric-Assisted Bicycles, Also Known As E-Bikes, And Other Personal Motorized Modes Of Transportation (Bassan)
Sponsors: Louie Sanchez (By Request)
Attachments: 1. O-14, 2. O-14 Approved CS Bassan2
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY SIXTH COUNCIL


COUNCIL BILL NO. C/S O-24-14 ENACTMENT NO. ________________________

SPONSORED BY: Brook Bassan


ORDINANCE
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C/S Amending Portions Of The Traffic Code (Chapter 8) And Open Space Lands And Regional Preserves (Chapter 5) Of The Code Of Ordinances To Define And Regulate Electric-Assisted Bicycles, Also Known As E-Bikes, And Other Personal Motorized Modes Of Transportation (Bassan)
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WHEREAS, electronic-assisted bicycles, also known as "e-bikes", are gaining popularity across a diverse population of bicycle riders in the United States; and
WHEREAS, e-bikes are a way for individuals with disabilities and other individuals who need assistance to have access to bicycle travel and bicycle recreation; and
WHEREAS, NMSA 1978, Section 32A-24-2 of the New Mexico Child Helmet Safety Act and NMSA 1978, Sections 66-1-4.5, 66-1-4.11, 6-1-4.13, 66-3-1, 66-3-708, and 66-3-709 of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Code define electric-assisted bicycles and regulate use on bicycle paths and trails; and
WHEREAS, e-bikes and bicycles moving at speeds excessive for shared use paths and trails present a danger to residents and visitors using trails and paths for recreation or exercise; and
WHEREAS, the City's Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for management that conserves low-impact recreation, trails, solitude, wildlife habitat, and expansive views of the City's Open Space lands; and
WHEREAS, the City's Parks and Recreation Department has resource management responsibilities on Major Public Open Space where the City may share jurisdiction or has a use agreement with a local, state, or federal agency or private entity: and
WHEREAS, the City's Parks and Recreation Department and the public welfare would benefit from setting a speed limit for all trail users, regardless of class or type.
BE IT ORDAINED BY COUNCIL, THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE:
SECTION 1. Chapter 8, Arti...

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