We read the Thursday, June 13, Coconino Voices column regarding e-bikes on the FUTS with dismay. Banning e-bikes from the trails listed in the column does not represent a compromise, but a heavy-handed approach that brings us back to the original proposed changes which were strongly disputed at the June 4th Council meeting.
We believe Council made the right decision on June 4 to allow class 1 & 2 e-bikes on all of the FUTS trails. The citizens who spoke at the Council meeting were mostly older, and many have disabilities, both factors that make e-bikes a perfect option for staying active.
We have ridden FUTS trails on weekdays and weekends and never witnessed a problem. If there are bicycle issues on the FUTS, let's discuss rider etiquette, not the type of bicycle being ridden. We suggest posting trail speed limits and rules of behavior for all riders. Banning e-bikes is not the solution.
DAVID and LISA ACTOR