Bicycle use in Bend is growing, which is great. Between privately owned and bike-share companies, the number of eBikes in Bend is also seeing a significant increase. Along with these rising numbers , so are the number of incidents related to poor bike safety and etiquette, with bicyclists failing to follow basic rules of the road and endangering themselves and motorists.
Bend police are concerned about issues arising with underage people on electric bikes, as a little-known state law makes it illegal for anyone under 16 to operate an e-bike or motorized scooter. I have recently seen 3 very young girls on one ebike, all without helmets, cruising busy streets. It's just a matter of time folks.
Below are two links:
- The Oregon Bicyclist Manual with rules and safety tips
- KTVZ Article reminding parents that kids under 16 cannot legally operate an eBike
Time for a safety refresher? Time for strong parenting? Yep.