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After listening to many San Clemente citizens regarding their concerns on electric bikes, I feel compelled to weigh in on this issue.

Electric bikes are motorized vehicles and should be treated as such. They do not belong on the sidewalk or the Beach Trail. And if they share the road, should be licensed.

The riders are a danger to others and themselves. There are adult e-bike riders who are admitted to hospitals, often intoxicated with life-threatening injuries.

The children riding electric bicycles traveling 20 to 30 miles an hour are often not wearing helmets and have no knowledge of traffic laws.

Any responsible parent should be aware of this risk.

The city of San Clemente has a responsibility, I feel, to enact licensing requirements and enforcement. Licensure should require attendance and certification at a bicycle safety course.

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