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Nicole West of Pedego in Boise explains how an electric bike works.
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Nicole West of Pedego in Boise explains how an electric bike works.

The city of Boise is zeroing in on a law that would regulate e-bikes, which give riders a propulsion boost with electrical motors.

The law, as proposed, would identify e-bikes under three classifications. Classes 1 and 2 would have power output of no more than 750 watts and top speeds of 20 mph.

These bikes would be allowed on city of Boise streets, bike lanes throughout the city, the Boise River Greenbelt and select Foothills trails for disabled people who have special permission from Boise Parks and Recreation.

Class 3 e-bikes, which have more power and higher top speeds than Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes, would not be allowed on the Greenbelt.

No e-bikes of any kind would be allowed on sidewalks or in crosswalks in Boise.

The popularity of e-bikes has soared in recent years, drawing the attention of regulators around the state and cities around the country.

The City Council is scheduled to hear the proposed law Tuesday at its 6 p.m. meeting on the third floor of City Hall, 150, N. Capitol Blvd.

The public is invited to comment on the proposal during that meeting.

If the law advances as proposed, the council is scheduled to hold second and third readings of it Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. The law would take effect immediately if the council approves it following the third reading.