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Electric And Gas Powered Bicycles Discussed At Carmi City Council Meeting Tuesday

The Carmi City met for the first of their two monthly meetings Tuesday evening. Keith Botsch kicked off the meeting by presenting the Annual Financial Report and Independent Auditor’s Report for the City Of Carmi for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022.

The board approved a mobile home permit for 116 Neely Circle as well as a pay request for Sierra Bravo for the work at Burrell Woods Park. A TIF request for Rice Motor Company was approved as was a TIF request from Martin & Bayley for upgrades to their warehouse.

Police Chief Jason Carter provided the board with information in regards to the regulation of low-speed electric and gas powered bicycles in the City of Carmi. All bikes must be registered with the City, you must be 16 or older to operate and the bicycles cannot be operated between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. Individuals will have 30 days to get the cycles registered with the city before they are in violation of the ordinance.

There were no reports and or updates from the mayor or standing committees and no comment from visitors. No executive session was held.


  1. Jenny
    July 12, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    What happens if they cause an accident? Who pays for it, because they are not required to have insurance? If they are allowed on the road with any type of motor why do they not require insurance?

  2. Ryan Evans
    Ryan Evans
    July 12, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    This is complete BS. The fact that the city thinks they have a say in E-Bikes just shows how power hungry they are to control other people. Absolutely disgusting government (local) overreach by self proclaimed Conservatives.

    • Thomas
      July 13, 2023 at 9:04 am

      You’re really a grown adult and got that upset and angry you felt the need to type all of that out and still be wrong about it?

    • Doug
      July 13, 2023 at 4:07 pm

      Ok Tweeker

  3. Ryan Evans
    Ryan Evans
    July 12, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    This is how disgusting liberal-based political decisions start seeping into our supposed “bedroom” community. Keep these policies to the urban areas and out of rural communities.

  4. Ryan Evans
    Ryan Evans
    July 12, 2023 at 8:19 pm

    When did anybody from the City government reach out to ask the taxpayers to see how they feel about this?

  5. Lucky1
    July 13, 2023 at 7:42 am

    If their able to ride on the city/county roads then them MUST be insured in my opinion. I have had 1 man almost hit my side mirror on the east side at the stop light. Who is gonna fix repairs if there is an accident? If people can afford these bikes then they could afford the insurance. I’m tired of seeing them NOT following the rules of the road! Also, those on side by sides and golf carts! There should be no questions about it. GET INSURANCE!

    • PEGGY
      July 13, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Sir I’ve got ins. License plates and inspected by The Carmi police Department.

  6. Brian Hall
    Brian Hall
    July 13, 2023 at 9:28 am

    Ryan Evans, as a taxpayer I’m upset that these people (adults not kids) drive around town like absolute idiots and they have zero insurance so if they are involved in an accident my insurance is required to pick up the tab and they get nothing done to them. I could go on but I won’t not here. Make them have insurance make the follow traffic laws!

  7. Donald Fuller
    Donald Fuller
    July 13, 2023 at 5:32 pm

    If they let the bicycles run up and down the street how about letting the side by side do it I have a Polaris that’s insured, licensed and it will run the speed limit all I want to do is run too Walmart when I need something

  8. Concerned
    July 14, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    I’ve had a person slam into the side of my vehicle causing damage. Riding a regular bicycle. Are we going to require bicycles get insurance as well? I also believe anything that requires inspection by the city should have insurance.

  9. Sherry
    July 22, 2023 at 9:57 am

    I feel like they should’ve went one step further and required them to have a valid driver’s license and insurance.


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