Since 2017, e-bikes and e-scooters have been a mainstay on the streets of Los Angeles. These vehicles popularized mainly because they can help reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and carbon footprint, as well as being a fun way to explore and move about the city.
Micromobility is being touted as replacements for cars, and includes e-scooters, e-bikes, dockless bikes, and even smart bikes. They’re meant to be shared, most likely electric-powered, easier to park, and take up less space on roads. Sidewalks, however, are not included. According to Curbed LA, the largest number of e-bikes and scooters are found on Los Angeles’ Westside, Hollywood, Koreatown, and Downtown.
Electric bikes and electric scooters are dockless systems. They use GPS technology and smartphone apps to help riders locate bikes. In the cities that allow them, they don’t have to be locked to anything, and there are no designated pick-up spots or drop-off points. E-bikes use an electric motor that can boost pedaling up to 15 mph, meaning you get a boost while you pedal. But if you stop pedaling, the bike slows just like it would on a regular bike. They are also known as electric-assist bikes and pedal-assist bikes.
Whether it’s Lime, Jump, Metro’s electric bike program, or even a personally owned one, there are many e-bikes options out there for the LA consumer. They are easy to use, assuming you know how to ride a bicycle, and follow the same laws and regulations as normal, non-electric bikes.
And while the electric bicycle industry had been showing steady and impressive growth for the last few years, 2020 saw unparalleled rapid gains in the industry. E-bikes are considered a safe, convenient, and affordable alternative to public transportation. E-bikes are increasingly being considered an ideal transportation mode as cities emerge from the quarantine and summer approaches in the U.S.
But what does the e-bike industry have in stock for riders in 2021? Our expert legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers go over a few things we can expect this year.