Let’s talk about e-bikes!
E-bike popularity is booming. It’s important to know that people riding e-bikes on the roadways and in public places are subject to the same rules and responsibilities as motor vehicle users. Here are some suggestions when it comes to riding an e-bike (which apply to riding any bike).
Do: Ride in the same direction as traffic
Do: Wear a helmet and buckle it properly
Do: Signal your intentions to other road users by extending your arm or politely calling out
Do: Obey all signs and signals on the road (that includes all stop signs)
Do: Pass slower moving traffic on their left
Don't: Ride on sidewalks, trails or paths where bikes are not allowed
Don't: Weave in between cars (parked or moving)
Don't: Ride in the "door zone" (this is the space where people in parked cars may open their doors into traffic)
A major difference with e-bikes is speed. So it's even more important to ride safely, predictably, to be visible, and to be alert. Visit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition e-bike specific webpage to learn about e-bike classifications, CA Vehicle Code laws relating to bikes and more. https://sdbikecoalition.org/ebike-classifications-and-laws/