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Posted on: October 21, 2021

E-Bikes Safety Tips from the Mill Valley Police Department

e bike safety tips

Do you or your child have a new electric bicycle (E-bike)? As we are seeing an influx in E-bikes, we want to make sure that you are taking the proper safety precautions. Make sure your family is following the rules of the road when it comes to riding.

  1. Ages 17 and under must wear a helmet.
  2. Everyone is required to wear a helmet if you ride a Type 3 E-Bike.
  3. E-bikes are not allowed on the sidewalks in Mill Valley.
  4. Like vehicles, bicyclists are required to ride on the right side of the roadway.
  5. You must follow the rules of the road like stopping at stop signs, yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalks, and stopping at red lights.

 

 

E-Bikes

 

Pedal

 

Motor-Assist Speed Limit

 

Age

 

Driver’s License

 

Helmet

Class 1 Bike Path

Class 2 Bike Lane

Class 3 Bike 

Route

Class 4 Protected Lane

Type 1

Yes

20

N/A

No

17 and Under

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Type 2

No

20

N/A

No

17 and Under

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Type 3

Yes

28

16

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

  • Type 1: E-bikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and have a maximum assisted speed of 20 MPH.
  • Type 2: E-bikes that also have a maximum speed of 20 MPH but are throttle-assisted.
  • Type 3: E-bikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and a maximum assisted speed of 28 MPH.

What about the Multi-Use Path? All bicycles and electric bicycles are subject to a maximum speed of 15 mph on County-maintained pathways except for the Bayfront Park section of the Mill Valley/Sausalito Path, where the speed limit is 10 mph.

This is part of the Mill Valley Police Department’s education and enforcement campaign surrounding E-bikes. For further information on E-bikes, please visit Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Share the Path Marin

 

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