Cuomo Proposes New Bill To Legalize E-Bikes, E-Scooters In New York

Mack Rosenberg
January 23, 2020 - 6:30 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said that New York State would legalized electric bikes and scooters by April.

Cuomo vetoed a bill last month that would have allowed e-bikes and e-scooter companies to operate in the state, citing the lack of mandatory helmet requirements.

At the time, he said the proposal did not include enough safety precautions for users. He says the bill he is proposing takes that into account.

“There is no need for us to choose between legalizing e-bikes and safety,” the governor said in December.

Under Gov. Cuomo’s proposal, e-scooters and e-bikes will be legal for anyone over the age of 16. Scooters will have a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour, e-bikes will max at 20 miles per hour and throttle-assisted bikes can reach up to 25 miles per hour in Manhattan.

Cuomo hopes the legislation will especially help food delivery workers, many of whom are immigrants, who use the electronic transportation alternatives to navigate through the crowded city.

He says the workers “in many cases have been subjected to arbitrary enforcement – given the vagary of the laws and regulations.”

To prevent police from cracking down on e-bikes and e-scooters before the law passes, Cuomo says he will ask the Legislature to pass the bill before the budget is due on April 1.