Why did MMWD post new signs about ebikes?
The signs were posted in response to trail conflict comments and concerns that MMWD has received in regard to the growing number of ebikes on watershed trails. The signs clarify the existing rules MMWD has in our Land Use Regulations about ebikes.
Are ebikes allowed on MWWD watershed lands?
Currently, no. Since 1987 MMWD has prohibited the use of cars, trucks, motorcycles, motorbikes and similar vehicles on District lands, except for public roads and parking lots (See District Code Section 9.04.01).
In 2011, MMWD amended Section 9.04.01 to clarify that the prohibition on use applied to several new motorized devices, which became commercially available since the adoption of the 1987 ordinance. Specifically, the 2011 amendments provided that motor-driven cycles, motorized bikes, motorized scooters and self-balancing motorized personal transportation vehicles were prohibited on District lands except upon public roads or parking lots.
The purpose of enacting the 2011 amendments was to allow for the management of user groups so as to ensure habitat preservation and traffic/pedestrian safety on the watershed.
What about AB 1096 that states class 1 ebikes are not motor vehicles as defined under State of California statues?
While AB 1096 states class 1 ebikes are not motor vehicles as defined under State of California statues, it also states that public agencies are able to restrict the operation of class 1 ebikes on specified paths or trails.
Will ebikes ever be allowed?
Given the growing popularity of ebikes and the compelling access issues they raise; the board is open to further consideration of its policy. MMWD’s board of directors plans to hold a public workshop on ebikes to hear input from the public before the end of this year.