E-Bikes Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
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Frequently Asked Questions About E-bikes
Why did MMWD post new signs about e-bikes?
The signs were posted in response to trail conflict comments and concerns that MMWD has received in regard to the growing number of ebikes on watershed trails. The signs clarify the existing rules MMWD has in our Land Use Regulations about ebikes.
Are e-bikes allowed on MWWD watershed lands?
Currently, no. Since 1987 MMWD has prohibited the use of cars, trucks, motorcycles, motorbikes and similar vehicles on District lands, except for public roads and parking lots (See District Code Section 9.04.01).
In 2011, MMWD amended Section 9.04.01 to clarify that the prohibition on use applied to several new motorized devices, which became commercially available since the adoption of the 1987 ordinance. Specifically, the 2011 amendments provided that motor-driven cycles, motorized bikes, motorized scooters and self-balancing motorized personal transportation vehicles were prohibited on District lands except upon public roads or parking lots.
The purpose of enacting the 2011 amendments was to allow for the management of user groups so as to ensure habitat preservation and traffic/pedestrian safety on the watershed.
What about AB 1096 that states class 1 e-bikes are not motor vehicles as defined under State of California statues?
While AB 1096 states class 1 e-bikes are not motor vehicles as defined under State of California statues, it also states that public agencies are able to restrict the operation of class 1 e-bikes on specified paths or trails.
Will e-bikes ever be allowed?
Given the growing popularity of e-bikes and the compelling access issues they raise; the board is open to further consideration of its policy. MMWD’s board of directors held a public workshop on e-bikes to hear input from the public on December 11, 2018. An update on ebikes was included in the March 21 Watershed Committee meeting agenda. The board will continue to offer opportunities for input.
If you would like to submit a comment to the board or have questions regarding e-bikes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.