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Manhattan Beach Clamps Down On E-Bike Riders

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Officials in Manhattan Beach are ramping up an effort to enforce all state and local laws that apply to electric bicycles.

Local police will be on the lookout for riders not wearing helmets, riding on sidewalks, failing to stop at posted stop signs, and riding on The Strand — a walking path that runs parallel to the waterfront — and the nearby bike path.

“Over the last several months, electric bikes — e-bikes — have become very popular throughout the South Bay and Manhattan Beach,” police Sgt. Tim Zins said in a statement. “With the popularity of these e-bikes, we have had some safety concerns and violations of the law.”

Only pedestrians are allowed on The Strand, and only non-electric bikes can be used on the bike path.