NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign a new law banning the e-bike, which some say is fast and dangerous.
The City Council passed the legislation on Thursday.
The bikes are often used by delivery people and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the new law plugs loopholes and totally bans electric bikes from the streets of New York.
“E-bikes are a danger to New Yorkers because they’re faster and heavier than regular bikes. They also have very quiet motors. So, you don’t always hear them coming,” Quinn said Thursday.
“And residents have complained that when they deliver food, they take off, they go high speeds, they go against traffic, they go on sidewalks,” Councilman James Vacca said. “They’re a danger to pedestrians.”
The new law also includes a ban on dirt bikes.
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