All bicycles without brakes will no longer be allowed on county park trails following a decision Tuesday by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
The board unanimously approved the new rule during a second reading of the ordinance. County parks officials pushed for the new rule to be added to their general ordinance after a hit-and-run accident in September left a rider with severe injuries.
A hit-and-run collision between two bicyclists on the Ojai Valley Trail left one man critically injured. A second rider fled after the crash but apparently was riding a bicycle without brakes at a high speed, according to parks director Ron Van Dyck.
Fixed-gear bicycles, known as "fixies," without brakes have become more prevalent among riders. Without the brakes, riders must slow down by using their legs or riding in reverse. The bikes lack a freewheel, so the pedals continue to rotate as long as the bike is moving forward.
The new rule will restrict riders from using any type of bicycle or motor bicycle without brakes on county, hiking or horseback riding trail and bicycle path.