On Friday, one of several companies hoping to capitalize on legal e-bikes and scooters held a demonstration near Madison Square Park in Manhattan.
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Docking stations like these would prevent e-scooters from cluttering up sidewalks, much like there are docking stations for Citibikes.
"These docking systems enable you to have the infrastructure in place to see micro-mobility come to New York without destroying the integrity of the sidewalk," said Andrew Fox of Charged.
But while the legislature passed a bill at the end of the Albany session in June, Governor Cuomo has yet to sign it, citing questions about safety.
"Yeah that's a bill that I think is going to need more review and discussion. I have heard a number of concerns from safety advocates who don't believe you should allow e-bikes and e-scooters on sidewalks with pedestrians. That they think people should have to wear a helmet," said Governor Cuomo.
Even if the Governor signs the bill, much work would have to be done locally to integrate e-bikes and scooters into City life. The City Council plans to hold hearings to help set up a regulated program.
"I am ready to wait for Governor Cuomo to sign this bill, and as soon as that happens as Chairman of the Transportation Committee I will be holding hearings. And I hope again that we can make them legal. If we take care of the safety including deciding the speed limit and where they will be allowed," said Ydanis Rodriguez.
But e-bikes and e-scooters are being used on City streets and sidewalks already. Although not legally. They are rarely ticketed, however.
The Albany law carves out Manhattan, giving the Mayor and City Council broad discretion on how to legalize them in that borough. Supporters of the bill believe Cuomo is likely to sign it, but with some adjustments. The Governor could call for what is known as a chapter amendment, which would add some of those safety features. The earliest hat amendment could be passed would be January when the legislature is back in session.