We need YOU to help ACE 4 Safe Trails work with local agencies to properly supervise our trails systems.
In September 2022 Assembly Bill 1909 was approved by California’s governor:
AB 1909, Friedman. Vehicles: bicycle omnibus bill.
Existing law generally regulates the operation of bicycles upon a highway. A violation of these provisions, generally, is punishable as an infraction.
(1) Existing law prohibits the operation of a motorized bicycle or a class 3 electric bicycle on a bicycle path or trail, bikeway, bicycle lane, equestrian trail, or hiking or recreational trail, as specified. Existing law authorizes a local authority to additionally prohibit the operation of class 1 and class 2 electric bicycles on these facilities.
This bill would remove the prohibition of class 3 electric bicycles on these facilities and would instead authorize a local authority to prohibit the operation of any electric bicycle or any class of electric bicycle on an equestrian trail, or hiking or recreational trail. The bill would also authorize the Department of Parks and Recreation to prohibit the operation of an electric bicycle or any class of electric bicycle on any bicycle path or trail within the department’s jurisdiction.
The impetus for this bill is to get people out of their cars, which is a good thing. – But it also means that ALL Electric Bikes are potentially allowed on ALL trails…..unless the local authority or state parks prohibit them. This includes Class 3 electric bikes that can travel up to 28 miles per hour. We were crowded and unsafe before this bill. This now unleashes even more fast users onto our trails.
Where we need YOU is to help ACE 4 Safe Trails to work with local agencies to properly supervise our trails systems and separate fast moving users from slow moving users. Please donate and volunteer now! We need:
- Support at local government trail meetings.
- Letter writing and emails to local government officials.
- Participation in trail user surveys and comments when trail “change-in-use” is being considered.
- Volunteers for marketing and education campaigns.
- Volunteers spreading the word advocating for trails where fast users should be separated from slow users.
- Partnerships with other trail user organizations to achieve safety goals.