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Electric Assist Bikes Approved For Lake Wobegon, Dairyland Trails

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ST. CLOUD – Once the snow melts away, you’ll be able to use an electric-assist bike on the Lake Wobegon and Dairyland Trails.

The Stearns County Board of Commissioners approved the ordinance change during their meeting this (Tuesday) morning.  The previous ordinance did not allow for motorized vehicles, except snowmobiles.  However, a recent state law change made electric-assist bikes with motors using fewer than 1,000 watts legal on most state trails.

Dave Bechtold sits on the Stearns County Park Board.  He says he supports the idea, but wants to make sure they don’t go too fast.

The electric-assist bikes have a maximum speed of 20 miles an hour, and they can’t operate unless the you’re pedaling the bike.

Joe and Pam Williquette of Albany pushed for the change so they can open an e-bike rental business out of their home near the Lake Wobegon Trail.

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