Thanks for your response, unfortunately it’s not sufficient. I’m tremendously disappointed that this is happening. I have been mountain biking for years and this fight feels very similar to the one I fought years ago. Mountain bikes were not allowed everywhere, then Mountain bikes with suspension was not allowed, this is the same response we received from the powers that be years ago. I believe I have at least one more good one in me. As a mountain biker yourself you should understand, and know that I am disappointed in your response and could only hope to change your mind. If you have any arguments against the use of class one ebikes I would love to take some time to argue my point.
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On Jul 6, 2018, at 1:43 PM, Hoffman, Tony@Parks <Tony.Hoffman@parks.ca.gov> wrote:
Hello Mr. Askren,
I understand that not everyone will always agree with how we operate our public state parks and beaches. We live in a democracy and I support your right to work to change laws and regulations. The state legislature clearly intended to allow for local regulations pertaining to electric bicycles:
CVC § 21207.5: (a) Notwithstanding Sections 21207 and 23127 of this code, or any other law, a motorized bicycle or class 3 electric bicycle shall not be operated on a bicycle path or trail, bikeway, bicycle lane established pursuant to Section 21207, equestrian trail, or hiking or recreational trail, unless it is within or adjacent to a roadway or unless the local authority or the governing body of a public agency having jurisdiction over the path or trail permits, by ordinance, that operation.
(b) The local authority or governing body of a public agency having jurisdiction over a bicycle path or trail, equestrian trail, or hiking or recreational trail, may prohibit, by ordinance, the operation of a class 1 or class 2 electric bicycle on that path or trail.
I am a long time mountain bicyclist and have ridden electric bicycles so I have a fundamental understanding of e-bikes. I also have extensive contact with many other park users including hikers, runners, equestrians, birders, and others. It is difficult to balance all of the demands made upon us