An electric bicycle with pedal assist, but capable of 28 miles per hour, would be banned from bike trails under the proposed law. Bikes capable of only 20 miles per hour could use most bike trails.
Bicycle Retailer reports today the California legislature will start hearings Monday on a bill to classify all e-bikes. A similar move is underway in New York State. The Retailer reported:
“AB-1096, sponsored by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would create three classifications of e-bikes: Class 1 for pedal-assist bikes, or pedelecs; Class 2 for bikes with throttles; and Class 3 for “speed??? pedelecs. Class 1 and 2 e-bikes would be limited to an assisted speed of 20 miles an hour, while a Class 3 bike could reach an assisted speed of 28 miles an hour.
“The bill also defines where each type of e-bike could be ridden.
“Class 1 bikes could go wherever traditional bikes are allowed, while Class 2 bikes would be limited to paved surfaces. Class 3 bikes would be restricted to roads or bikeways that are adjacent to a road.
“In a nod to concerns from cities and counties, the measure allows local governments to opt out of allowing e-bikes on bike paths or trails.”
Out of seven Southwestern states, only two were observed this week by the Veggiebiker to share the road on remote stretches of interstate and divided highways.
California I-40 had share-the-road signs for bicyclists between Barstow and Needles. Colorado posted bicycle icons with “on the shoulder” notifications on I-25 near Pueblo and Colorado Springs, and even the divided highway to Denver’s
Stapleton Airport. None have been seen on interstates or divided highways in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.