Marin Officials Concerned About Unsafe E-Bike Usage Among Youth

According to Marin County Health and Human Services, nine responses to e-bike crashes were reported between January and April. Assembly Bill 1778, a scaled-back bill introduced by Assemblymember Damon Connolly, is a local voluntary pilot program implementing rules and fines in Marin. “E-bikes make me feel unsafe. Enforcing safety rules will positively affect Marin,” Redwood High sophomore Hannah Lacey says. As part of a separate effort, the Marin County Civil Grand Jury is asking local governments to prohibit minors under 16 from operating class 2 e-bikes, which use throttle devices to travel 20 mph or faster if modified, due to safety concerns. However, law enforcement officials point out the difficulty of identifying riders’ ages and recognizing modifications at first glance.