New York City mayor defends e-bike enforcement ahead of governor’s new bill

By DeanYobbi

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Two days before Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to propose a new e-bike bill, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s enforcement of delivery workers using throttle-control e-bikes is just.

De Blasio addressed the e-bike debate Monday after a news conference on an unrelated topic. When asked whether statistics show throttle e-bikes — favored by many food delivery workers in Manhattan — create a bigger safety risk than pedal-assist bikes, he said, “I keep coming back with something that is bluntly, in my view, better than data. It is common sense,” the New York Post quoted de Blasio. “I have seen them with my own eyes as have so many people I’ve talked to all over the city.”

According to Streetsblog — which covers the city’s transportation and policy developments in an effort to improve conditions for walking, biking, and transit — 31 of the more than 45,000 motor vehicle collisions resulting in injuries in 2018 were caused by e-bike riders (.07%).

On Dec. 26, Cuomo vetoed legislation that would have given all classes of e-bikes, including those with throttle-control, the same rights of the road as traditional bicycles throughout the …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News