NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed legislation to make e-bikes legal throughout the state is promising but needs amendments, according to PeopleForBikes.
Morgan Lommele, PeopleForBikes’ director of state and local policy, said the e-bike proposal for the upcoming budget is “a good starting point.”
“We’re working with our lobbyists in New York to discuss the budget language around e-bikes,” Lommele said Monday. “Our main issues are a bad Class 3 definition, e-bikes being restricted from roads with a speed limit greater than 30 mph, unclear bike path rules, and operational restrictions for top speeds. We’d like to separate the 25 mph throttle e-bikes from the definition of a Class 3.”
Unveiled Thursday, Cuomo’s legislation defines Class 3 bikes as those with a throttle-activated motor (and allowed only in New York City) with a maximum speed of 25 mph before turning off.
PeopleForBikes and Bicycle Product Suppliers Association developed the three-motor classification standard in 2014. It defines Class 3 bikes as those providing assistance only when pedaling and turning off when reaching 28 mph, and Class 2 bikes as those with a throttle-activated motor turning off when reaching 20 mph.
Currently, only Class 1 pedal-assist e-bikes with a maximum speed of 20 …read more