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GREG STOLROW, San Clemente
Anyone who frequents the Beach Trail will tell you e-bikes are a nuisance and a significant life safety threat.
Here is what I have observed:
Over 50% of the e-bike riders are the parents and grandparents. The rudest riders are the older people who believe the right of way belongs to the bike and not the walking public.
Less than 20% ride with helmets. We routinely see young kids as passengers with adults, and the kids are without helmets
The bikes are not just on the Beach Trail, but everywhere.
The bikes are heavy, weigh about 50 to 60 pounds.
Many of these bikes are loaded down with surfboards and beach gear.
The speed control on the bikes is routinely removed so top speeds are 25-30 mph.
Less than 10% walk bikes on the bridge despite the 3-foot letters.
Most bikes are traveling at speeds of more than 20 mph on the trail.
The truth is, an e-bike looks and operates like a motorcycle.
It is not if but when someone will be seriously injured. The calm serenity of the trail has been lost, and we deserve a city manager and council that takes control of this very serious life-safety issue.
Here is one solution: it starts with banning e-bikes on the Beach Trail and then set up roving patrol stations on the Beach Trail. Stop every e-bike, tag and impound the bike
Give the rider a voucher to recover the bike from a designated storage facility (maybe the maintenance yard on Pico). Exchange the voucher for the bike and payment of a $250 fine.