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Newport council may target e-bikes on Balboa Peninsula boardwalk

Newport council may target e-bikes on Balboa Peninsula boardwalk

Residents along the Oceanfront boardwalk in Newport Beach say electric bicycles are making the popular Balboa Peninsula promenade dangerous, and now the City Council might do something about it.

Buzz Lowry, who lives on Oceanfront, told the council Tuesday night that he and his wife took an informal survey one recent weekend afternoon and tallied nine e-bikes in a three-hour period, all traveling an estimated 15 to 18 mph. The boardwalk speed limit is 8 mph.

“We yell at them, ‘Stop, slow down,’” he said. “And these guys smile at us or they’ll give us hand signals going by.”

A couple of years ago, Lowry said, he’d have said surreys and Segways were an issue. But he sees...

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