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Op-Ed: In New York, Make Legalization of Micromobility a Priority

The state needs to pass legislation to legalize electric bikes and scooters to give residents more mobility options and discourage driving.
June 17, 2019, 6am PDT | Camille Fink
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Micromobility will help New Yorkers get out of their cars, which is essential in decreasing emissions and tackling climate change, argues Julie Tighe of the New York League of Conservation Voters. The positive effects in other cities around the country are apparent, as people choose to use modes like shared bikes and scooters and e-bikes instead of driving.

Ongoing issues related to micromobility, such as safety and infrastructure, are important, says Tighe. "But first we must pass the legalization legislation put forth by state Sen. Jessica Ramos and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic. It smartly allows local governments to tailor the rules of the road to fit their unique environments, while also providing its residents a new, clean transportation option."

Micromobility can help get people to transit stations and stops without driving. It can also revitalize downtowns by making them more accessible to residents, notes Tighe. "[Elected officials] made progress earlier this year when they passed congestion pricing. They must keep it rolling by approving the Ramos/Rozic bill, which will be factored into my organization's annual state environmental scorecard."

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Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Crain's New York Business
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