UP Regulates E-Bikes

The University Park City Council Aug. 1 approved changing the city’s code of ordinances to add new regulations for e-bike use.

The new regulations require helmets for e-bike riders under the age of 16, ban e-bike use on sidewalks and commercial districts in the city, and mandate that e-bikes not be operated “at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.”

The city’s youth advisory commission, which consists of students in grades 9-12 who live in University Park, researched e-bikes as part of their role of serving as an advisory group to the city council on issues impacting teens and made a presentation with recommendations, including a helmet requirement and banning e-bike use on sidewalks in the city, among others, at an April meeting. The issue was referred to the city’s public safety advisory committee, which reviewed the commission’s recommendations at a June meeting and determined some were already enforceable by the Texas Transportation Code or existing city policy but agreed with the helmet requirement, banning e-bike use on sidewalks, and the e-bike speed regulation.

In other news: 

  • The city is planning celebrations for its 100th anniversary from April 7-13, and Gage Prichard, chair of the centennial celebration legacy advisory group, said they plan to have a centennial section of the city’s website ready in September and a centennial logo designed by SMU marketing students to be ready in October. They also plan to organize an online archive with photos, maps, and documents submitted by residents. A commemorative book is expected to be available for pre-sale in the spring of 2024 and published that summer. Melissa Rieman of the centennial celebration planning group said they hope to plant a “centennial tree” in a city park, and organizers plan to create mementos with the centennial logo to be available to purchase. Rieman said they plan on starting the celebration week with a citywide volunteer day April 7, a VIP event at the historic Elbert Williams house April 11, events around the city’s 100th anniversary April 12, and activities at Goar and Williams Parks April 13.
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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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