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.

Below are two links:

  1. The Oregon Bicyclist Manual with rules and safety tips
  2. KTVZ Article reminding parents that kids under 16 cannot legally operate an eBike

Time for a safety refresher?  Yep.