Electric bike and skateboard riders will have new access to California roads in 2016, as well as new requirements. A 1970s law barred the era’s loud and gas-powered motorized skateboards from public roads. Today’s quiet, electric skateboards have technically fallen under that ban. Starting January 1st, electric skateboard riders can use public roads and pavements, if they’re over the age of 16, wearing helmets and sober. Electric bikes will similarly be allowed on bike paths.
New Laws Open New Paths to Californian Electric Bikes and Skateboards (CPR)