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Tiburon cracking down on e-bike dangers

Tiburon is set to impose new rules for e-bikes starting in April, including clear bans on riding on sidewalks, towing riders and riding double.


Enforcement would include anything from citations to requiring a violator — and a youth violator’s parents — to take a safety-training program at their own expense.


The Town Council voted unanimously at its Feb. 8 meeting to approve new regulations for electric mobility devices, which also include hover boards and kick scooters. A routine second vote of formal adoption is scheduled for March 6, with the rules taking effect 30 days later.


The changes were recommended by the town’s Parks, Open Space and Trails Commission in response to the increased use of electric devices on local paths and after serious accidents in Southern Marin, including on Tiburon’s Old Rail Trail. There has also been a steady stream of complaints to town officials and police about unsafe riding, mostly by kids.

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