This alert was sent out by Back Country Horsemen of California. All trail users should be concerned about this legislation!
AB1909 is a CA bill <https://openstates.org/ca/bills/20212022/AB1909/> which will amend the CA vehicle code to allow Class 3 electric motorized bikes to be considered the same as Class 1 and 2 bikes. This would allow Class 3 bikes which are faster (28 mph legally, more if altered) and more powerful "...or any class of electric bicycle on an equestrian trail, or hiking or recreational trail."
It also states that, "The local authority or governing body of a public agency having jurisdiction over an equestrian trail or hiking or recreational trail, may prohibit by ordinance the operation of an electric bicycle or any class of electric bicycle on that trail." It also prohibits a jurisdiction from requiring any bicycle to be licensed.
This bill *DOES NOT APPLY* to National Forests, BLM Lands or National
Parks. It *DOES* apply to State Parks and State Recreational Sites.
*What does this mean for you? *
If you hike or ride or work in a State Park or State Recreation area you will see all classes of electric motorized bicycles on the trails. It means that in order to prohibit electric bicycles, the State Park or Recreation area must pass an ordinance to prohibit them. It means that in order to keep out these high speed Class 3 electric bicycles, each individual State Park or Recreational area must be lobbied to do so.
*What can you Do?*
Please try to write, call or email your Senator before they reconvene on August 1, 2022 and tell them that you object to including Class 3 e-bikes to the California Vehicle Code in this fashion, remove the reference to equestrian trails, hiking and recreational trails so they would not be including Class 3 electric bikes, and would like State Parks and State Recreation areas to be excluded from this bill. That you believe Class 3 electric bikes are a danger to equestrians and hikers and should NOT be allowed in any State Park or State Recreation Area. They are fine in cities with sidewalks and bike lanes, but they are too fast for backcountry trails.
To find your State Senator go to: <https://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/>
Most of us will have:
Senator Brian Dahle
Mail: 1021 O Street, Room 7230
Sacramento, CA 95814
11310 McCourtney Road, Unit E2/E3
Grass Valley, CA 95949