Imagine hiking with a group of friends at sunrise at the top of the world in Laguna Beach. You woke up extra early for the view and you are discussing your plans for the rest of the day feeling the morning breeze flow through your hair.
All of a sudden you hear the turn of gears being rushed from behind as you hear a group of teenagers yell “On your left!” This disruption of the serene morning can only be caused by one thing, E-Bikes.
Electric bikes invade the trails that local hikers used to occupy. Although traditional bikers have been able to enjoy trails forever, the new rise in e-bikes have ruined the atmosphere of local hiking spots and have taken over the space.
While it is understandable that e-bikes allow bikers to more easily ride through various terrains, overall there have only been consequences for the other people who take advantage of the local hiking spots and nature paths.
Electric bike riders feel the need to ride extra fast now that they are relieved of the intense work and effort it took to ride a normal bike, but this increase in speed has become a hazard for those around them.
For instance, in Laguna Beach, the Car Wreck trail at the top of the world includes a pretty steep and narrow pathway leading to and from the site, and recently, bikers, especially e-bikers, have decided to use this path for recreational purposes. The problem with the increase in traffic along this route is that hikers are not being warned fast enough when there is a biker coming their way so it is easy to get pushed to the side and having to yield to the bikers, when in reality, the bikers should be yielding to the hikers.
There is not a problem when electric bikers ride along PCH or on the road, but when it comes to sharing a smaller road with hikers and other pedestrians, there is too much risk. Hikers should be allowed to not worry about getting hit by a reckless biker or getting pushed out of the way. E-bikes don’t belong on the trail.