Statement on Bill to Ensure Traffic Safety and Protect E-Bike Riders
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Tasha Boerner issued the following statement today after authoring AB 530 to require a license for e-bike riders without an active driver’s license following a recent string of tragedies involving traffic safety.
In order to ensure the safety of our children while they’re riding e-bikes, AB 530 will:
- Require an online written test and a state-issued photo identification for those without a valid driver’s license.
- Prohibit persons under 12 years old from riding e-bikes.
- Create a stakeholders working group that includes the DMV, California Highway Patrol, the Transportation Agency, bike groups, and more to establish an e-bike training program and license, including more specifics on the classes and types of e-bikes.
As a mother and a legislator, I believe that we must act to prevent our youth from injuries and educate parents on the promise and responsibility of e-bikes, and AB 530 is another step to increase their safety while sharing the road. Not every parent is a bike rider that can ensure our youth receive proper training. This takes a real commitment from our communities and our State. It will be a long process, and AB 530 is a critical starting point that we’ll continue to work to develop through meetings with stakeholders this fall.
Assemblymember Tasha Boerner represents the 77th District, which encompasses Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and the coastal communities of La Jolla south to Downtown and Coronado. You can learn more about Assemblymember Boerner at a77.asmdc.org, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.