E-Bikes Los Angeles: Where Can I Ride?

E-Bikes Los Angeles: Where Can I Ride?

Exploring LA’s diverse neighborhoods and iconic landmarks is a memorable adventure. But the city’s notorious traffic makes sightseeing by car a challenge.

E-bikes offer a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transportation. Riders can enjoy stunning views of the city's natural beauty while getting some exercise.

Here are some of our favorite ways to experience Los Angeles by e-bike, as well as rules and regulations to be aware of.

What Are The Best E-Bike Trails And Parks In Los Angeles?

Are E-Bikes Legal In Los Angeles?

Are There E-Bike Incentive Programs In Los Angeles?

Where Can I Find Magnum Bikes In Los Angeles?

E-Bikes Los Angeles FAQs

What Are The Best E-Bike Trails And Parks In Los Angeles?

E-bikes face many path and trail restrictions in Los Angeles and LA County, but here are a few great rides where e-bikes are allowed!

The sun shines between palm trees in a view of the Santa Monica Beach e-bike path with the pier and ferris wheel by the ocean in the background

The Santa Monica Beach Bike Path is a great way to explore the beach and pier by e-bike. Image Source: Unsplash

Why We Love It

While beach access is often restricted for electric bikes, e-bikes are allowed on the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path!

It’s an incredible beachfront path open to bicycles and Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes (no e-scooters).

Just park your e-bike to check out the sights, including the beach, the Santa Monica Pier, the aquarium, and much more.

When To Visit

The path is open all year, sunrise to sunset. If you’ve got stops planned, check ahead for business hours for the aquarium, restaurants, and more.

Which E-Bike Classes Are Allowed?

Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes are allowed here. Class 3 e-bikes are prohibited from the path.

Coyote Creek Bikeway

A green road sign with a picture of a bicycle indicates the start of the Coyote Creek Bikeway for e-bikes along a paved road in an industrial area

An entrance to the Coyote Creek Bikeway in Santa Fe Springs. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Why We Love It

This 12-mile paved e-bike path follows the creek through residential and industrial areas of LA County and Orange County.

Don Knabe Community Regional Park is a great spot to park your car and begin your out-and-back journey. It’s about midway through the trail, so you can choose where to ride from there.

If you started elsewhere, stop here for water and a bathroom break. Have a picnic meal while you’re there!

When To Visit

The bikeway is open all year; we recommend riding during daylight hours.

Which E-Bike Classes Are Allowed?

You can ride Class 1 or Class 2 e-bikes on Coyote Creek Bikeway. However, Class 3 e-bikes aren’t allowed.

Pacific Electric Trail (PET)

Blue sky and snow-capped mountain peaks with palm trees at the bottom of the frame in Rancho Cucamonga

Cucamonga Peak as seen from Rancho Cucamonga near the Pacific Electric Trail. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Why We Love It

This paved rail trail is mostly flat and runs through several towns. It’s a great commuting option and a fun way to explore a little further inland near LA.

It spans 21 miles between Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County (Claremont to Rialto). You’ll go through Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Kaiser, Fontana, and along the way.

Since it’s an urban ride, there are many intersection crossings on the route, so be mindful of traffic.

When To Visit

The trail is open year-round!

Temps tend to rise as you go further inland, so bring sun protection and check the forecast to time your most comfortable ride.

Which E-Bike Classes Are Allowed?

Class 1 and 2 e-bikes are permitted here, but Class 3 e-bikes are prohibited.

E-bikes may be prohibited from certain bike paths and multi-use paths in LA, so it’s best to research the specific route you want to visit before you go.

Apart from that, Los Angeles abides by the same e-bike rules as the state of California.

These regulations include:

  • E-bike riders are subject to the same road rules and rights as regular bicyclists

  • All Class 3 e-bike riders must wear helmets

  • Class 3 e-bikes are restricted to riders ages 16 and older

  • State park trails typically only allow Class 1 e-bikes, although Class 2 may be permitted in some places

See our article E-Bikes California for more information about California’s roadway classification system (which is different from the e-bike classification system).

For more on local e-bike laws, check out our post What Are My Local E-Bike Regulations?

Do I Need a Driver’s License For E-Bikes In Los Angeles?

Nope — there’s no requirement for a driver’s license, registration, or insurance for e-bike riders in Los Angeles.

Bicyclists and pedestrians navigate a busy striped crosswalk on Santa Monica Boulevard at sunset amid tall palm trees and traffic signals

Ride your e-bike to Santa Monica Boulevard — no driver’s license required! Image Source:  Unsplash

Are There E-Bike Incentive Programs In Los Angeles?

When it comes to e-bike incentive programs, California leads the pack.

In addition to statewide initiatives, e-bike incentive programs have covered many specific areas of the state, including Santa Monica and the South Coast area.

Electric bike incentives are always changing, with older programs closing and new programs opening regularly all across the country.

Our post about e-bike incentive programs shares more about this, including resources to find programs near you.

Where Can I Find Magnum Bikes In Los Angeles?

We have more than 250 Magnum Bikes flagship stores and authorized dealers nationwide including a wide variety of stores all across California.

In the Los Angeles area alone, you can find us in Anaheim, Hermosa Beach, Irvine, Santa Monica, and LA proper.

See our full list of Magnum Authorized Dealers in California.

There are lots of multi-use paths in Los Angeles, including this one in Venice Beach. Image Source: Unsplash

E-Bikes Los Angeles FAQs

What do you want to know about e-bikes in LA? Here are some common questions.

Where Can You Ride E-Bikes In Los Angeles?

E-bike regulations vary significantly from city to city in California. In general, e-bikes are allowed on roadways and most bike lanes in Los Angeles.

When it comes to bike paths and multi-use paths, check with local governments and research the specific path you hope to ride before you go. Local ordinances are updated often, and a path that once prohibited e-bikes might allow them one day!

Obey all posted signs.

Can You Ride An Electric Bike On The Sidewalk In Los Angeles?

Regular and electric bikes are both prohibited from riding on sidewalks in LA — or just about anywhere else in California.

The only exception is riders under the age of 10.

Otherwise, stick to the street, or bike lanes if available.

Are E-Bikes Allowed In Griffith Park?

Purple and pink sunset over Los Angeles, with Griffith Observatory in the foreground and downtown in the distance

An overhead view of Griffith Observatory, overlooking LA. Image Source: Unsplash

All bicycles of any kind are prohibited from pedestrian trails in Griffith Park, but you can ride your e-bike on any paved roads and bike lanes on paved roads through Griffith Park.

This may exclude certain paths or routes open to regular bicycles, so obey all signage.

It can be quite hilly, so research your route before you go. And don’t forget to charge your battery!

It’s a beautiful day for an e-bike ride through LA!

Rider with olive green leggings and black sneakers on a Silver Magnum Cosmo e-bike in the street in front of a stretch of green grass

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