Electric Scooters Are Coming to New York, but You Can’t Rent One in Manhattan

Soon the ban on electric bikes will be lifted by the official of New York. All the credit goes to the tech leaders and the delivery workers who fought against the government to lift the ban on electric bikes and scooters. But this can’t be done in Manhattan as its roads are very congested. Recently New Jersey has also given the green flag to the electric bike and scooters. Now it is New York’s turn to do so.

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Tech leaders and delivery workers have fought for months and the government has embraced their effort by legalizing the electric bikes and scooters. State lawmakers reached the deal this week which will legalize the electric bikes and delivery bikes. This is good news for the scooter renting companies like Bird and Lime. But, they are not available in Manhattan.

After the end of the session in which concern of the crowded streets of Manhattan was taken by the leaders in New York, which is compromised by the officials, the legalization of electric bikes and scooters is kept forward. This has also settled the long going debate on the discrimination faced by the immigrant delivery workers who are totally dependent on the delivery job. It was said that the ban on electric bikes and scooters is just to bother the immigrant delivery workers but after the legalization of electric bikes and scooters, it is seen as good news for the immigrants.

After this, the scooter companies have praised this decision and hope that they will get a lot of costumers in New York City. They already operate in dozens of cities across the country, including Los Angeles and Chicago, and had spent nearly half a million dollars on lobbying in New York this year.

“Our state leaders appear ready to enshrine e-bikes and e-scooters into state law and answer the call to bring more transportation alternatives to New Yorkers,” said Paul Steely White, the director of safety policy at Bird.

It was expected that lawmaker will approve the legislation. Over the next year, States and cities will imply a new set of rules on these electric bikes accordingly. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat who would have to sign the bill said that he welcomed the decision for scooters but bikes can run over the older people walking on the sidewalks especially in Manhattan. Scooters can go at the highest speed of 15 miles per hour while an electric bike can reach more than 20 miles per hour. “I have safety concerns on the bill as drafted,” Mr. Cuomo said in a radio interview.

9Bikes, a popular British blog on electric bikes believes that the law should be implemented according to the problems which are different for different cities and states. They also think that scooters should be banned on sidewalks. “We are leaving the nitty-gritty, the pieces of this that can be very hyper-local and sensitive, we’re leaving that to cities and towns,” Ms. Ramos said.

Delivery persons and they’re cheered this agreement. Many delivery workers complained about the huge amount of fines put on them for using electric bikes and said it as harassment done by the police. In some cases, police have confiscated their electric bikes while some of them are forced to pay the expensive fines. It is said that hard work always pays off best, it is the time of delivery workers who have fought a long battle while risking their livelihood. Many immigrants also fought for their right and after the news that soon it will be legal to use electric bikes and scooters, it will be the fruit of their hard work.

“We appreciate this common-sense legislation that clarifies the rules around e-bikes on our streets,” said Seth Stein, a spokesman for Mr. de Blasio. “Safety for everyone on our roads is our priority, and we look forward to working with legislators and communities as we develop plans to implement the new law.”

After the legalization of electric bikes and scooters, it is mandatory to set a few rules regarding the safety of the people not only peddlers but also the riders. Then it will be a good step towards the future.

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