11 03 22 Easy Reader Letter to the Editor

Nov 3, 2022

Cycle of life

Cycle of life


Dear ER:

I applaud the Redondo Beach Police in their efforts to discuss, educate, and inform — especially children — on the topic of e-bike safety through their “Talk Shop with Cops,” and the outreach of others. The popularity of e-bikes on our roads and bike paths has grown exponentially. This is due to the health, convenience, and environmental benefits of e-bikes, which promote exercise, lessen our carbon footprint, allow greater mobility and ease of commute, and provide quality and fun recreational time outdoors with friends and family. However, the need for safety has become even more important — especially for children. This includes ensuring children always wear a properly secured helmet while riding. Although adults are not required to, common sense and personal health and safety — as well as providing a good example — should motivate everyone to

do so. Another issue that has created great danger is the practice of some e-bike riders who ignore stop signs. Not only is this hazardous for the rider, it threatens the safety of pedestrians (and pets), other bicyclists, and those in cars. Finally, e-bike riders must follow the same road rules as other vehicle operators. e-bike riders traveling the wrong way down a one-way street, texting while riding, or exceeding speed limits — all of which are prohibited — create

safety hazards. In sum, e-bikes are an important and integral part of our transportation and recreational ecosystem, and neither they nor their riders should be unfairly vilified. Rather, by raising awareness of e-bike safety — and enforcing, and issuing citations for violations of traffic laws — all members of our community can be protected.

 

Scott Behrendt

Redondo Beach Planning Commissioner

Redondo Beach