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E-Bikes in Laguna Beach

Like other bicyclists, e-bike riders must obey the same traffic laws as motor vehicles by stopping for traffic lights and stop signs, and yielding the right-of-way.

It is unlawful to operate a bicycle (including an e-bike) on any sidewalk in town, on the Main Beach Boardwalk, and within any City park.

  • There are State laws that apply to the use of a bicycle, including e-bikes:
    Type I E-Bike: This e-bike is pedal operated and can reach speeds up to 20 mph assisted by a motor. When the rider stops pedaling, the motor-assistance stops, as it also ends when the bike hits its maximum speed.
  • Type 2 E-Bike: This style is not operated by pedal, with the motor providing all the power. Its top speed is 20 mph.
  • Type 3 E-Bike: The third type is pedal-operated, with the motor helping to power it up to the speed of 28 mph. Only those 16 and older can ride this type.

Riders may be subject to fines of up to $250 for bikes without working brakes or if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For those between 13 and 21, violations will result in having their driving privileges delayed or suspended for one year.