Councilwoman Takes Aim At Electric Bikes

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — A city council member is vowing to crack down on illegal electric bikes in New York City. Councilwoman Jessica Lappin says that she has received a number of complaints from residents.

Lappin is proposing legislation to raise the current $500 fine to $1,000. The bikes are illegal if they go faster than 15 miles-per-hour.

“We’re talking about bikes going 30 miles per hour on the sidewalk, going the wrong way down a one-way street, that is incredibly dangerous,” said Lappin. “I have been hearing overwhelmingly from constituents that they’re afraid of these electric bikes.”

The bill is expected to be introduced on Wednesday.

What do you think should be done about electric bikes in the city? Let us know in our comments section below…

  • Ed

    Guys grow up. It’s only a bicycle. You oversensitive weenies.

  • James

    And while your at it, please do something about ticketing/removing bicycles that are illegally chained to street signs, lamp posts and scaffolds, especially those blocking pedestrian cross walks. They are a hinderance to our safety, also.

  • Rob Maeurer

    ABOUT DAMN TIME. For drivers and these bicyclists these guys are a nightmare waiting to happen. They need to be licensed and registered like any other vehicle that has significant speed.

  • Safo45

    Its not only the chinese, mexicans also ride those motor bikes on the sidewalk and go the wrong way down a one-way street with total disregard for pedestrians and bikers who obey the law. Something has to be done not just with the motor bikes but with people who ride the wrong way and put other bikers in danger. If you complain about their action they either ignore you or curse at you.

  • James

    They definitely should be outlawed. They are dangerous. Cyclists not obeying traffic laws are dangerous to ALL pedestrians, including those with impairments and disabilities, regardless if they’re on the path ways or sidewalks. However, who’s going to regulate? The police? The parking agents?

  • DanTe

    I love it when I see those third world sh/theads ride their MOTOR bikes up on a sidewalk. And when you yell at them, the other third world sh/ts on the sidewalk tells you to calm down and there’s nothing wrong. So what if the bike can speed up into a child. It’s only a third world sh/thchild, right?

  • David Smith

    How the hell does she think she gets her food delivered so quickly?

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