Letter to the editor: E-Bike Madness
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BRUCE TAMMELIN, San Clemente
After listening to many citizens of San Clemente about their concerns about e-bikes, I feel compelled to weigh in on this issue.
Electric bikes are motorized vehicles and should be treated as such. They have no place on the sidewalk or on the beach path. And if they share the road, they should be allowed.
Runners are a danger to others and to themselves. There are adult cyclists who are admitted to hospitals, often poisoned by life-threatening injuries.
Children who ride an electric bicycle at 20 to 50 km / h often do not wear helmets and have no knowledge of the rules of the road.
Any responsible parent should be aware of this risk.
The city of San Clemente is responsible, I believe, for promulgating the licensing requirements and enforcement. Licensure should require attendance and certification in a bicycle safety course.
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