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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

E-bikes gain in popularity, but the rules are not entirely clear


August 9, 2023

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Jaynee Fritzinger, manager of Breakaway Adventures on Lynch Street, takes a ride on one of her shop's e-bikes on Aug. 3.

It's hard to miss: Groups of people whizzing down the streets of Wrangell on what looks like a cross between a bicycle and an old-school moped, sometimes down the middle of the street or dangerously close to pedestrians on the sidewalks.

Increased use of electric bicycles, or e-bikes for short, has some questioning how the law applies to the machines, specifically where they can and can't be ridden.

Wrangell municipal code states, "No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within the central business traffic district or any business district," and "whenever any person is riding a bicyc...

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