WALL TOWNSHIP— The township committee passed an ordinance regulating the use of electronic bikes [e-bikes] and heard continued public comment regarding the preservation of available open space at their meeting last Wednesday.
The township committee held a public hearing on an ordinance amending and supplementing the vehicle code. E-bike users must wear a helmet and are not permitted to ride with passengers.
Police will enforce laws outlined in Ordinance 5-2023 effective immediately; first conviction of offense will result in a penalty of $50; with the second conviction resulting in a fine of $100.
The ordinance requires any motorized bicycles over 750 watts to be registered with the township. Children over 14 must ride electric bicycles in the streets and follow all regular traffic signage.
In conversation with the Coast Star, Chief of Police Sean O’Halloran shared his excitement for the passage of the new safety ordinance.
“It was our idea to create this ordinance recently due to the fact that we’ve had four serious accidents this year alone – two of which involved e-bikes,” said the chief. “In speaking with other chiefs of police, we all agreed that this is going to be a problem moving forward.”
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