Latest in Tomorrow

Image credit: Dmitry Feoktistov via Getty Images

New York set to legalize e-scooters and e-bikes

But Manhattan won't have a permitted e-scooter program for now.
327 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Dmitry Feoktistov via Getty Images

New York lawmakers look set to legalize electric scooter and bike sharing services throughout the state. A vote on a Senate bill is likely to take place Wednesday, just before the end of the legislative session. Since Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to support the legalization of electric scooters and bikes, the bill looks likely to come into effect.

Municipalities would still have to give e-scooter and e-bike companies the go-ahead, and would decide how to regulate them. For instance, under the state-wide bill, riders won't need to wear helmets, though cities could require that.

If the bill progresses as expected, e-scooters and e-bikes are likely to come to New York City, a massive potential market for the companies. However, don't expect to see them in Manhattan soon. The New York City borough won't have a permitted e-scooter program if the bill passes, meaning you shouldn't see many Bird, Lime or Jump scooters on the sidewalks there in the near future. The bill also explicitly prohibits the use of e-bikes and e-scooters on the Hudson River Greenway.

It may take a little time for local authorities to determine their rules and permitting processes for e-scooters and bikes, so it'll likely be a while yet before you can legally hop on one in Brooklyn. Bird, for instance, told The Verge it doesn't expect to bring its scooters to New York until next spring.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
327 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

View
Bloomberg: Apple plans to launch TV+ in November for $10 a month

Bloomberg: Apple plans to launch TV+ in November for $10 a month

View
Amazon unveils trailer for third season of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Amazon unveils trailer for third season of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

View
San Francisco’s 25-year-old FogCam shuts down this month

San Francisco’s 25-year-old FogCam shuts down this month

View
You can finally get PowerBeats Pro in colors other than black

You can finally get PowerBeats Pro in colors other than black

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr