NYC finally considering legalizing class 2 throttle eBikes

michal

New Member
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http://gothamist.com/2018/11/27/e-bike_e-scooter_legalization.php

NYC City Council will be proposing a series of bills this Wednesday that, among other things, would finally legalize class 2 throttle eBikes.

Really interested to see how this turns out, particularly given the immense popularity of NYC's recently introduced electric bike share bikes.

A lot of NYC's recent transit developments have been spurred by the impending L train shutdown (a major subway line between Brooklyn and Manhattan) so I'm cautiously optimistic that the City will move towards becoming a more (e)bike-friendly place.
 

Dewey

Well-Known Member
#2
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/nyregion/e-bikes-nyc-de-blasio.html

Interesting the legislation provides for low income riders to be paid money to take their bike to the shop to have the controller settings changed to come into compliance with the 20mph speed limit, and the Gothamist article indicates this would be only for one year, so presumably it also contains a prohibition on the sale of non-compliant ebikes - that will be difficult to enforce and it's impossible to tell apart a restricted from an unrestricted Arrow brand delivery ebike. Also curious what the position on riding on sidewalks will be, I was a little surprised when Arlington, VA, recently launched a scooter pilot with a sidewalk ban, presumably to be in line with DC, when Virginia permits ebikes to ride on sidewalks, I think riding bicycles on sidewalks isn't permitted in NYC, though enforcement appears to have been selectively targetted https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2016/05...cement-and-nycs-new-criminal-justice-reforms/, so probably it will say scooters must ride in the street.
 
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michal

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/nyregion/e-bikes-nyc-de-blasio.html

Interesting the legislation provides for low income riders to be paid money to take their bike to the shop to have the controller settings changed to come into compliance with the 20mph speed limit, and the Gothamist article indicates this would be only for one year, so presumably it also contains a prohibition on the sale of non-compliant ebikes - that will be difficult to enforce and it's impossible to tell apart a restricted from an unrestricted Arrow brand delivery ebike. Also curious what the position on riding on sidewalks will be, I was a little surprised when Arlington, VA, recently launched a scooter pilot with a sidewalk ban, presumably to be in line with DC, when Virginia permits ebikes to ride on sidewalks, I think riding bicycles on sidewalks isn't permitted in NYC, though enforcement appears to have been selectively targetted https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2016/05...cement-and-nycs-new-criminal-justice-reforms/, so probably it will say scooters must ride in the street.
Yeah, I really hope these proposed bills are worded carefully and thoughtfully. It seems that, at the very least, it'd be very difficult / impractical to tell whether an ebike is in fact illegal without examining it closely. To make matters more confusing, the current set of laws seems to allow buying / selling / owning ebikes that aren't technically legal to ride in NYC.

I'm also weary of how this part of the proposed laws could be interpreted:

"The new legislation would lower the penalty for using an illegal e-bike to $100, and states that an e-bike could only be confiscated if it is endangering people or property."

Hopefully "endangering people and property" is defined in a way that doesn't allow for unfair targeting / abuse of the law.