ADVOCACY: The Fate of Legalizing Electric Bikes In New York State – Close But Again No Cigar...
For the third straight year, the NYS Senate “did its job” and easily passed legislation legalizing electric bikes in New York as another “class” of bicycle but unfortunately the NYS Assembly did not follow suit.
NYBC likes e-bikes because they expands the universe of folks who experience the joy of cycling. They drive local economic development by expanding bike based tourism opportunities. E-bikes, particularly Class One pedal assist models, still provide a significant health and wellness benefit.
Electric bikes don’t pollute and they replace cars, creating more livable and less congested communities and neighborhoods, We could go on. But for some strange reason, the “problem” – and frankly like 3′ Safe Passing we have never been given a “reason” why electric bikes can’t get to the full Assembly Chamber for a vote – again is located within the NYS Assembly Transportation Committee.
So here is another instance, like 3′ Safe Passing, where our great state lags other states in passing and promoting progressive, common sense laws and regulations that promote more and safer bicycling for a greater range of potential cyclists. We know NYBC’s constituency does not like to lose and neither does our staff and board. We’ll be back next session with a few new tricks and techniques to get us over the hill.
Again, it is not a matter of if but WHEN we make e-bikes street legal in NYS.