ALBANY, N.Y. (BRAIN) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted last month that he would propose legislation to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters in the state. He said he would announce the legislation during his State of the State speech, which he delivered Wednesday.
Instead, Cuomo, did not mention e-bikes in his speech. But in his written 2020 agenda outline released Wednesday, he restated a desire to introduce a bill to ensure “sustainable vehicle alternatives, such as e-scooters, to keep riders, pedestrians and drivers safe.”
That was from his proposal “Enact Comprehensive E-Bike Legislation and Introduce Safe and Environmentally Friendly E- Scooter Legislation” on page 102 in the agenda. No other details were released.
On Dec. 26, Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have given all classes of e-bikes the same rights of the road as traditional bicycles throughout the state. He cited the lack of a helmet requirement and other safety concerns. Only Class 1 pedal-assist e-bikes are allowed in the city.
The bill, which had faced a Dec. 31 deadline to become law, would have given local municipalities the right to regulate …read more