According to federal law 15 USC § 2085 - Low-speed electric bicycles are not considered motor vehicles but instead are under the jurisdiction of bicycle laws. So in California the state has a regulation ca vc 406 redefining them as motorized bicycles and ca vc 24016 adding additional regulation such as requiring helmets on all ages. Is this legal or should the state treat it as a bike and therefore not require helmets on individuals over 18 years of age?
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