Jaime Coffee, Director of CommunicationsOffice of Media Relations601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
CHP Media Relations: (916) 843-3310
Calif. – As the popularity of electric bikes (e-bike) continues to skyrocket,
the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is launching an online e-bike safety and training program to help keep commuters and recreational
the rise in popularity of e-bikes across the state, the CHP worked with
Governor Newsom’s Administration, the Legislature, and key stakeholders to
develop California’s first e-bike safety and training program,” said CHP
Commissioner Sean Duryee. “The CHP’s
program can be accessed on our website and is designed to promote safety for
those who choose to ride this alternative mode of transportation.”
Assembly Bill 1946, which was signed into law by Governor
Gavin Newsom and took effect on January 1, 2023, required the CHP to work with relevant
stakeholders to develop an online training program that offers information on e-bike
safety, emergency maneuver skills, rules of the road, and laws related to
e-bikes. The e-bike safety and training
program features tutorials, videos, a quiz, and other interactive elements with
an easy-to-follow, intuitive presentation to help make the material engaging,
practical and informative.
bicycles are heavier and faster than standard bicycles and, without the proper
safety education and training, e-bike riders have a higher risk of becoming
severely injured or killed in a crash. As
e-bikes become more commonplace, it’s also important for drivers to familiarize
themselves with sharing the road with e-bike riders.
to preliminary data from the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records
System, there were more than 9,600 bicycle-involved crashes in 2022. At least 225 of those crashes involved an
e-bike, including four which resulted in fatal injuries. This reflects a significant increase from the
previous year when there were 80 e-bike crashes reported in California.
CHP’s online e-bike safety and training program is designed to help riders of
all abilities and all ages identify potential hazards, while offering information
on safe riding practices and hazard-avoidance maneuvers.
CHP collaborated with, and would like to thank, the many stakeholders who
assisted with the content and creation of the e-bike safety and training
program. This diverse group of safety
stakeholders includes several leading organizations committed to bicycle
safety; federal, state and local government traffic safety partners; and injury
prevention coordinators from hospitals throughout the state. Through these partnerships, and other safety
programs, the CHP is committed to enhancing safe travel for all road users.
mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and