NEW YORK (BRAIN) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill Thursday that would give all classes of e-bikes the same rights of the road as traditional bicycles throughout the state. Only Class 1 pedal-assist e-bikes will still be allowed in the state.
In a tweet after his decision, Cuomo said he will propose a new e-bike bill in January.
“There is no need for us to choose between legalizing e-bikes and safety, and I will propose a bill that does both on January 8,” Cuomo tweeted late Thursday.
Despite the e-bike and e-scooter bill’s passing in the state legislature over the summer, Cuomo cited the failure to have a helmet and other safety requirements for killing the bill.
“Failure to include these basic measures renders this legislation fatally flawed,” Cuomo said. “Specifically with respect to e-bikes, the throttle motor that allows a rider to increase speed without pedaling renders e-bikes indistinguishable from mopeds, which are already regulated and require license plates and driver’s licenses.”
An e-bike motor is limited to 1 horsepower (750 watts).
The bill, which had faced a Dec. 31 deadline to become law, would …read more