Yesterday I was walking down a sidewalk, along a busy street that lacks a bicycle lane. A young lady riding a scooter-bike-with-no-pedals was riding down the sidewalk towards me, not slowing down to accommodate me the pedestrian. I want to share some thoughts.
First:- The rules are (so far as I know) that to be an electric bicycle, it must have operable pedals. She'd taken the pedals off. The design of these scooter-bikes are such that the pedals are practically useless, and I understand why owners of these bikes ditch the pedals. But should they still be considered a bicycle at that point?
Second:- In California bicycles are supposed to be on the street, not on the sidewalk. Obviously a bicycle at full speed is dangerous to pedestrians. The street in question doesn't have a bicycle lane, and she was traveling opposite the traffic direction, so I can understand why she might have chosen to stay off the street. But maybe that means she should have crossed the street to ride in the traffic direction.
Third:- I think it's best for a bicyclist, when riding among pedestrians, to harmonize their speed with the pedestrians. This is doubly so for electric-bicycle riders. This bicycle rider in question did not slow down, and was apparently going close to the scooter-bike's full speed.