The Senate version of the e-bikes bill has emerged from the Transportation Committee. Please see this previous post for a full discussion of e-bikes and the original e-bike legislation. That previous post includes polling results and extensive comments on the e-bike issue.
The feelings and thoughts that constituents expressed in response to that previous post contributed to the following provisions in the revised senate bill. These provisions are designed to better protect pedestrian safety.
- All e-bikes would be expressly prohibited from riding on sidewalks.
- Only Class 1 and 2 e-bikes would be generally permitted on bike lanes and bike paths. Class 3 e-bikes (20 to 28 mph) would be prohibited from bike paths and lanes unless an agency or municipality decided otherwise.
- Municipalities and agencies would be given express authority to set speed limits for e-bikes.
- As in the original legislation, municipalities and agencies with authority over bike facilities can define access rules for e-bikes that differ from the statewide rule.
I am grateful to Senator DiDomenico for proposing this legislation and Senator Crighton for moving it forward from the Transportation Committee.
I hope that the Senate will take the bill up soon.