For purposes of this section, a “
sub-standard-width lane” is a lane that is
too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to
travel safely side by side within the lane.
( 4) When approaching a place where
a right turn is authorized.
We didn’t have to ask Officer Coffee
if pedal-assist bikes are allowed on freeways. First, who would want to ride an
e-bike on a California freeway? Not any
of us. Second, every freeway on-ramp
has a sign that answers this question for
you: “No motorized bicycles permitted.”
VS. BIKE PATHS
Maybe the most confusing legal
issue facing the e-bike rider is the difference between a bike lane and bike
path. A bike lane is a marked section of
roadway shared with motor vehicles. As
Officer Coffee explained, an e-bike rider
is welcome to use a bike lane.
Bike paths are bicycle routes that are
designed and constructed outside of
existing roadways. Bike paths can link
communities, follow a river, offer kids
a way to school, follow an old rail line
and, in general, separate bicycle riders
from motor vehicle traffic. This is when
the e-bike rider is no longer grouped in
with human-powered bicycle riders in
the eyes of the law.
Bike paths pretty much universally
prohibit the use of motorized vehicles.
Another multi-community path about
25 miles away has signs that read “no
motor vehicles.” By definition, an e-bike
that meets the standards in the CVC is
not a motor vehicle.