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New York State May Finally Legalize Electric Bikes And Scooters. Here's Why That's a Big Win For Food Delivery Workers

As electric bikes and scooters gain popularity across the United States, New York is looking to get in on the trend. State legislators have reached an agreement that would legalize electric bikes and scooters, as reported by The Verge . If passed, the bill — A07431B — would remove the state’s overall ban on e-bikes and scooters. However, individual cities would be allowed to decide how they want to regulate the vehicles. In New York City, people over the age of 18 will be allowed to ride e-bikes and scooters in the streets, unless the city changes that rule, Gizmodo reported . Currently, the bill doesn’t allow people to use the devices on sidewalks. NYC’s Mayor Bill de Blasio seems to be supportive of the bill. “We appreciate this commonsense legislation that clarifies the rules around e-bikes on our streets. Safety for everyone on our roads is our priority, and we look forward to working with legislators and communities as we develop bans to implement the new law,” a spokesperson...

Jun 18, 2019

Lyft Pulls Thousands of Electric Bikes Due To Excessively Strong Breaks

In the world of bike shares, electric bikes are supposed to be the next big thing making transportation easier and faster. However, it’s clear that there’s a lot of kinks that still need to be worked out. Recently, Citi Bike — whose operator, Motivate , is owned by Lyft— said in a blog post that it would be pulling bikes due to “a small number of reports from riders who experienced stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel.” Motivate is the largest bike share operator in the country, so an error with their bikes is no small thing. Excessively strong breaks isn’t what most people expect to hear as the reason bikes are being pulled. However, breaking too hard on the front wheel could definitely cause problems. Overall, 3,000 bikes will be pulled from Lyft’s programs in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, according to CNBC . Outside of Citi Bike in New York City, Capital Bikeshare and Ford GoBike will be affected by the removals. “We know this is disappointing...

Apr 15, 2019