Proposed CA Electric Bike Law Prohibits Riders Under 12, Requires State ID, Training

 Proposed CA Electric Bike Law Prohibits Riders Under 12, Requires State ID, Training

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 27, 2023) — A proposed California law to regulate electric bike riders aims to safeguard children and teenagers by requiring licensing, training and age limits.

The CA electric bike law, Assembly Bill 530, was introduced on Feb. 8, 2023 by Assembly Member Tasha Boerner. It is now moving through the California legislature and a decision could come this fall.

Should it pass, it would be illegal for children under 12 years old to ride any class of E-bikes and older children and teens would be required to pass an online written test, take a training program and obtain a state-issued photo identification. Children riding as a passenger on a class 3 bicycle would also have to wear a “properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards of either the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM),” the bill says.

Teens and adults who hold a California driver’s license would be exempt.

CA Electric Bike Law

 CA Electric Bike Law

In fact, under existing law, an electric bicycle is considered the same as a traditional bicycle. This makes it subject to laws governing all bicycles. However, it’s a violation of the law for a person 16 years old or younger to ride a class 3 electric bicycle.

No word yet on whether the state will require electric bicycle riders to obtain insurance. Indeed, electric bikes travel faster and are heavier than traditional pedal bicycles. This make it at risk for causing both property damage and or bodily injury to another person. As it stands, a bicycle rider who does not carry insurance, would become personally liable or responsible for the financial costs if they were at fault for a collision.

The authors of the bill plan to work with the DMV, the California Highway Patrol and other agencies to establish an electric bicycle training program.

“Bicycle collisions involving e-bikes are on the rise. We’ve all seen the headlines. Parents have lost their children or teens being permanently injured. Hopefully this will safeguard our children if it passes,” said Attorney James Johnson, founder of Johnson Attorneys Group. “These bicycles are often in harm’s way when they share the road with other motorists. Also, those who are unlicensed, should know the rules of the road and abide by them.”

There are more than 130 million electric bicycles (using all battery technologies) expected to be sold worldwide between 2020 and 2023, according to Also, this year alone, e-bike sales are expected to grow to 40 million units worldwide with roughly US $20 billion in revenue.

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There’s no doubt that electric bicycles are fun to ride and a great way to get around in California. However, following safety regulations such as the above proposal could potentially help reduce traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities. Regardless, there is always a risk to all bicycle riders who share the roadway with motorists. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence or a dangerous condition while riding your bicycle or e-bike, give us a call so we can help you recover your your losses. Please contact Attorney James Johnson at 1-(855) 703-4186 to discuss your potential claim.

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