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Port of San Diego’s ban on e-bikes, e-scooters, most pedicabs at the Embarcadero begins

Port of San Diego's ban on e-bikes, e-scooters, most pedicabs at the Embarcadero begins

Thursday was the first day of a ban on electric pedicabs and other motorized mobility devices, or MMD’s, along San Diego’s bayfront. A spokesperson from…

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Thursday was the first day of a ban on electric pedicabs and other motorized mobility devices, or MMD’s, along San Diego’s bayfront.

A spokesperson from the Port of San Diego Commission said the change was due to so many complaints from businesses and visitors.

“I did have a moment when I was trying to get through a spot and the pedicab was taking up the best lane. I tried to get him to move over a bit but of course, he was on his role,” roller skater Kel McBride said.

E-bikes, e-scooters and most pedicabs will soon be banned from sidewalks and many places where you can find pedestrians along the San Diego Bay waterfront. NBC 7’s Priya Sridhar explains the new rules that will go into effect in mid-December.

The new code includes just about everything electronic: scooters, skateboards, bikes and perhaps highest on the list, electric pedicabs.

“A bicycle seems fine to me, but motorized bikes as well as the scooters and stuff tend to go a little too fast,“ McBride said.

A spokesperson for the Port Commission said the group has had numerous complaints about MMD’s.They go too fast, the music is too loud and the price at the end isn’t often what was negotiated before getting on are among the chief complaints.“Yeah, they are kind of pricey sometimes. That’s true,” cyclist Joshua German said.German bikes the bayfront every other day. He doesn’t call the pedicabs a nuisance but they are a risk.“You will definitely be safer because it’s less potential to […]

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