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Posted on: September 8, 2022

City working on e-bike safety campaign

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The City is taking additional steps to educate the public about e-bike safety in Coronado, where the number of electric bikes on the road is growing. 

Coronado will soon launch an e-bike safety campaign to bring awareness to the potential dangers, remind users of the rules of the road, and offer tips on how to stay safe while pursuing greater enforcement. The City is working on handouts for students, a safety video and a social media push with educational and promotional materials. 

Electric bikes can travel faster than a traditional bike, raising potential safety concerns and the risk of accidents. Generally, bicyclists and e-bike riders are subject to all the same rules of the road as motorists. 

But did you know that there are three types of e-bikes? Class 1 e-bikes are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph. Class 2 e-bikes also have a maximum speed of 20 mph, but are throttle-assisted. Class 3 e-bikes are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph. For Class 1 and 2, there are no minimum age or driver’s license requirements, but helmets are required for those 17 and under. Class 3 e-bikes require riders to be at least 16 and helmets are required for all ages, but no driver’s license is required. 

These e-bike classes, outlined in California Vehicle Code Section 312.5, will be part of the education campaign. 

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