Yes is the short answer in California, an eBike is not a motorized vehicle
Personally, I would get off the bike and walk it around pedestrians. In my case, people have complained about traditional bikes going too fast. The law is easily amended.
The long answer follows.
- EBikes are "motorized bicycles", which may not be used in dedicated bicycle paths (see below).
Electric Bicycles are defined by the California Vehicle Code.
- In summary, electric bicycles are to be operated like conventional bicycles in California.
There are several exceptions to this. A person must be at least 16 years old, and anyone riding an electric bicycle must wear a bicycle helmet. The e-bikes must have an electric motor that has a power output less than 1,000 watts, is incapable of propelling the device at a speed of more than 20 miles per hour on level ground, is incapable of further increasing the speed of the device when human power is used to propel the motorized bicycle faster than 20 miles per hour, operates in a manner so that the electric motor is disengaged or ceases to function when the brakes are applied, or operates in a manner such that the motor is engaged through a switch or mechanism that, when released, will cause the electric motor to disengage or cease to function.
Driver's licenses, registration, insurance and license plate requirements do not apply.
- An electric bicycle is not a motor vehicle.
An electric bicycle may only be operated by a person 16 years of age or older. Drinking and driving laws apply.
- Motorized bicycles may not be operated on dedicated bicycle paths unless it is within or adjacent to a roadway or unless allowed by local government ordinance.
- Additional laws or ordinances may apply to the use of electric bicycles by each city or county