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Legislation paves way for e-bikes and e-scooters in NY

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Posted at 2:09 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 14:09:58-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced legislation Thursday that establishes safety measures for e-bikes and e-scooters.

The proposal addresses concerns that users, often delivery drivers, have been the subject of unfair restrictions. It also ensures statewide measures for safety of the riders, pedestrians and drivers.

The legislation calls for a maximum speed limit of 20 miles per hour on class 1 or 2 e-bikes and 25 miles per hour on class 3 e-bikes. It also sets a maximum speed limit of 15 miles her hour on scooters.

Other safety measures include banning e-bikes and e-scooters on sidewalks, requiring users to be at least 16 years of age and mandating all e-scooter riders under 18 to wear a helmet.

Local governments could create further regulations like opting out entirely of allowing e-bikes.