If it has pedals but no motor it's a bicycle.
If it has pedals and a motor it's classified as a motorized bicycle, which falls under a different section of the vehicle code, must be registered, have insurance, and requires a DL motorcycle endorsement.
Problem being people care more about looking cool to others than their own safety.
RIP Jennifer. I feel so sad for the father of the two boys who watched her die and two young boys who will now grow up without a mom.
She was probably riding close to 30 mph with TWO little kids in seats on the bike. Dumb, really dumb. Would she put them on a motorcycle?
Only if the motor is 150 cubic cm or larger, all of that sh1t is required.
" - A motor-driven cycle has 2-3 wheels and an engine size smaller than 149 cc."
- "- You must register a motor-driven cycle, and you must have a motorcycle license (M1) to drive one."
Learn the differences between mopeds, motorcycles and scooters, including age restrictions, registration requirements, and safety guidelines.www.dmv.ca.gov