California Could Open Bike Paths to E-Bikes

Lawmakers reviewing bill

The bill under consideration in California would allow only electric bikes with a top assisted or motor-driven speed of 20 mph on infrastructure where conventional bikes are permitted. (Wendell/Flickr)
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The California state legislature is currently reviewing a bill that would open trails, paths, and bike lanes to e-bikes, according to Bike lanes and paths are generally reserved exclusively for nonmotorized use, but the rising popularity of electric bikes has lawmakers around the country contemplating how to regulate them.

The bill, AB-1096, would replace part of California’s existing vehicle law that currently does not allow any motorized bike use on nonmotorized paths. It is currently awaiting a reading and vote by the Appropriations Committee.

*This story has been revised from the version first published on May 13, 2015, because it inadvertently used similar language to what was published in Outside apologizes for the error and is investigating all previous work of the writer.

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