Electric scooters

Oleg Elkov

New York Inches Closer To Law Allowing E-Bikes And Scooters

June 18, 2019 - 8:53 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — They’re everywhere you turn now in the city, but e-bikes and scooters are technically illegal.

That’s about to change now that a deal has been reached allowing them statewide. It's expected to pass by the Wednesday deadline, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

“What we are doing is legalizing the e-bikes and leaving it up to municipalities in order to ensure that they are regulated,” said Queen State Senator Jessica Ramos, who sponsored the bill.

She was motivated after dozens of food delivery men received $500 tickets and had their bikes confiscated.

Despite their popularity, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill maintained that the power assist devices are dangerous.

The legislation would prohibit e-scooter sharing in the city, set the minimum age for using on at 16 and ban e-bikes and scooters from Manhattan’s heavily used Hudson River Greenway.