A growing safety hazard that can’t be ignored. Motorized bikes and skateboards on city streets, sidewalks and boardwalks. A real threat to pedestrians. Especially young children and seniors. Dogs on the boardwalk are also vulnerable.
Better late then never. Some towns, like Wildwood Crest and Ocean City are cracking down and enforcing laws already on their books.
Last week, Margate announced that JIF ( Joint Insurance Fund ) has a special bulletin coming in regards to electric bikes.
Margate CFO Lisa McLaughlin: Lots of issues. JIF will soon issuing new guidelines. JIF wants all towns to review or adopt ordinances to regulate e-bikes. LISTEN:
Margate Mayor Michael Becker on rise of e-bike issues: It gets worse every year.
I saw a woman on an electric bike going against traffic with a young child in the front basket.Margate CFO Lisa McLaughlin
If threatened by higher JIF insurance rates, the Ventnor and Atlantic City boardwalks could soon see more enforcement of their NO MOTOR VEHICLES ON BOARDWALK ordinance.
E-bikes often weigh 50% more than a regular bike. With some ebike speeds reaching 25+ mph, injuries and damage can be more severe. Many e-bike accidents go unreported.
Pedestrians and heavy, fast, e-bikes don’t mix very well.
Crowded boardwalks and walkways. Pedestrians come first.
A rising number of accidents involving e-bikes and e-scooters in recent weeks.