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Electric Bikes and Scooters Legalized in New York City

The City Council has legalized electric scooters and bikes. A citywide shared electric scooter pilot program is expected by early 2021.
June 29, 2020, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The New York City Council voted last week to legalize the use of electric scooters and bikes all over the city. 

"The move is being hailed as win [sic] for delivery workers who have relied on electric vehicles to do their jobs for years, often risking big fines in the process," according to an article published by PIX 11. "But transportation and technology experts agree that right now all New Yorkers will benefit from allowing these vehicles on the streets."

A separate article by Kirsten Korosec reports on some of the changes the vote will precipitate, like a share electric scooter sharing program. "The proposed legislation would require the DOT to issue by October 15, 2020 a request for proposals to participate in a shared e-scooter pilot program," writes Korosec. "The pilot program would need to launch by March 1, 2021."

Representatives from Lime and Bird are quoted in the article offering insight into the expectations for the effect of adding New York City to the micromobility market at a troubled time for the industry.

In legalizing these electric micromobility modes, the City Council effectively rebukes Mayor de Blasio, who has fought to limit the use of electric modes, especially for delivery workers, throughout his tenure.

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Published on Thursday, June 25, 2020 in PIX 11
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