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Electric bikes roll into Summit County

Electric bikes are rolling into mountain towns just in time for fall foliage viewing.

SUMMIT COUNTY — In downtown Breckenridge, Nick Truitt is excited to be kicking off a new way to ride around in the mountains.

He’s putting 40 ride-share UrBikes all over Summit County. By using the UrBike app, people can find a bike, scan to unlock it, and take the electric bike for a spin.

“You just jump on the bike and pedal it like a normal bike,” Truitt said.

Because the bikes don’t have a throttle, you still have pedal by using pedal assist -- which can feel like some strange force is pushing you along.

“They have an electric motor and a battery, so they kind of help you out,” Truitt said. “You just ride it like a normal bike and they help you down the road.

Landing just before autumn, the bikes are expected to be a great way for residents and tourists to see fall leaves changing in the High Country.

“You could easily take one of these bikes up Boreas Pass Road and see great views,” Truitt said. “You don’t have to do all the work to get up the steep hills here.”

The bikes have a range of about 49 miles when fully charged and can be found in Breckenridge, Silverthorne and Frisco.