E-bikes and E-scooters on Austin Trails Pilot Program

Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Motorized scooters will not be allowed on this trail.

The goal of this pilot is to understand whether Austin trails might be suitable for electric-assist bikes and electric scooters. This Pilot Program will examine how these vehicles impact the comfort, mobility, and safety of trail users as well as trail integrity.

Survey closes September 15, 2019 - Share with your friends!

Where will the Pilot Program take place?

Electric-assist bicyles and electric scooters with a maximum capability of 20 MPH or less will be allowed on the following trails for the duration of the Pilot Program:

  • Johnson Creek,
  • Shoal Creek (south of 15th Street),
  • Northern Walnut Creek,
  • Southern Walnut Creek Trail,
  • The Boardwalk,*
  • Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake*

*Note: the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Boardwalk as part of the Hike and Bike Trail will only allow electric bikes as part of this pilot. The speed limit on all trails is 10 MPH.

Community Engagement

Community conversations, surveys, and meetings will be hosted in spring 2019 to get feedback on the pilot study. In addition, multiple methods of sharing your feedback can happen on this SpeakUp Austin page.

Please see the timeline for additional information on the Pilot Program.

The goal of this pilot is to understand whether Austin trails might be suitable for electric-assist bikes and electric scooters. This Pilot Program will examine how these vehicles impact the comfort, mobility, and safety of trail users as well as trail integrity.

Survey closes September 15, 2019 - Share with your friends!

Where will the Pilot Program take place?

Electric-assist bicyles and electric scooters with a maximum capability of 20 MPH or less will be allowed on the following trails for the duration of the Pilot Program:

  • Johnson Creek,
  • Shoal Creek (south of 15th Street),
  • Northern Walnut Creek,
  • Southern Walnut Creek Trail,
  • The Boardwalk,*
  • Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake*

*Note: the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Boardwalk as part of the Hike and Bike Trail will only allow electric bikes as part of this pilot. The speed limit on all trails is 10 MPH.

Community Engagement

Community conversations, surveys, and meetings will be hosted in spring 2019 to get feedback on the pilot study. In addition, multiple methods of sharing your feedback can happen on this SpeakUp Austin page.

Please see the timeline for additional information on the Pilot Program.

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As long as regular bicycles are permitted to operate in a certain area, then there is zero reason to discriminate any other personal mode of transport (electric motor or not) from also operating in the same area. The size, weight, and speed are the only factors that matter than it comes to safely sharing trail space, and as long as the vehicle is no bigger, no heavier, and no faster than a regular bicycle, then they should be allowed in the same areas as bicycles.

mtvu 9 months ago
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We're a city of a million+ people, I understand that some people don't want or understand that and are resistant to change, but we should not let those voices stop progress. I can think of no valid reason that a scooter or any kind should be restricted from any area of Austin that a bicycle is not also restricted. People who want to restrict one but not the other, simply are having a knee jerk reaction to the new without thinking it through (and probably have the luxury of living near by)

mapaolini 9 months ago
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The Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail is the heart of Austin. It's ridiculous to consider allowing e-anything on it or any other trail, just because unaccountable businesses have forced them on the City. And no amount of education or signs will change the habits of riders who are underage, break speed limits, or tourists who pop-in and leave. Instead of considering allowing them on trails, the City should develop policies to deter them.

gonzalesw 9 months ago
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I cannot believe Parks & Recreation are allowing electric scooters on Austin trails, even as a pilot project. The trails are cherished green space used by thousands of walkers, runners, strollers, pets, children every day. Why would anyone endanger people with motorized vehicle?! Why would people want a motorized vehicle on these beautiful, natural trails? There's already plenty of controversy about these scooters on our roads and sidewalks. This pilot project is totally asinine!

Tom Hokanson 9 months ago
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I would take the poll, but couldn't you make it so you can have more than one answer? I do all of the top 3: run/jog, walk/hike, bicycle. I think many if not most people use the trail in more than one way.

Maggie 9 months ago
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I would love to be able to use e-scooters and e-bikes for my daily commute on the hike and bike trail! It's a beautiful way to start my day! Rider education and etiquette is certainly important when near pedestrians. Keep it up parks and rec!

nateinaction 9 months ago
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Please please PLEASE do NOT allow the e-scooters/bikes on the trails! There are already enough etiquette problems without them. Not to mention, people don't even know how to properly & safely ride them on the streets, so what on earth makes COA think they'll do it on trails. This is a big mistake in the making w/the potential for more bad behavior & interactions among users, as well as accidents. Good grief, COA, please don't do this!!! Signed a 20 yr Austinite who loves her city.

shanalyn 9 months ago
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Trails really need to be lit up. Austin's getting too big for them not to be lit.

caderitter 9 months ago
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