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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:24 AM

Bloomberg to ban e-bikes

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign a new law banning the e-bike, which some say is fast and dangerous.

More here: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/26/mayor-bloomberg-expected-to-sign-e-bike-ban/
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More 1%er hubris from the Emperor of NYC. There were other alternatives than to unilaterally ban electric assisted bicycles.

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Kolesar Apr 2013 #1
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ProgressiveProfessor Apr 2013 #5
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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:26 AM

1. yeah, I'm sure you have done a lot of grassroots work on carbon reduction and urban transportation..

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:32 AM

2. Indeed I have

I built up and ran the largest private solar power plant in the area according to my local utility. I have not paid for electrical power in years.

A book I coauthored some years ago is a standard reference in the field of modeling for urban planning

I rode primarily motorcycles vs cars/truck for decades. That included when I lived in urban areas.

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:35 AM

3. All that in a day, I suppose

I am way skeptical.

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:45 AM

5. I am well past old at this point.

I helped write the book as a post doc. I did the computer side of it, others did the urban planning part.

The solar plant was at our retirement homestead in the SoCal desert. Perfect solar country. I maxed out line capacity (an important part of solar planning that many do not understand and overlook). Its in the process of being sold now.

I have ridden motorcycles since my teens. Always worried the women in my life, but no serious injuries.

Some of us had lives before computers...



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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:45 AM

4. They’re already illegal in New York, and people are riding them in a dangerous fashion

http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/04/10/why-are-electric-bikes-illegal-anyway/
[font face=Serif]Wednesday, April 10, 2013

[font size=5]Why Are Electric Bikes Illegal, Anyway?[/font]
by Brad Aaron
[font size=3]It’s getting to be a task keeping up with pending City Council bills that deal with electric-assisted bikes. Legislation proposed by Council Members Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick would hike fines for riding an e-bike, and two new bills would reportedly shift fines away from delivery workers to their employers and grant enforcement power to DOT and Parks Department personnel, who, if the bill passes, would have the authority to confiscate bikes. Meanwhile, Council Member Brad Lander wants to establish an e-bike task force — a possible sign that lawmakers are looking to streamline the council’s seemingly haphazard e-bike offensive.

One question that tends to come up when an e-bike bill surfaces, or resurfaces, is why they’re illegal in the first place. Restaurant workers do long shifts, in all weather and terrain conditions, for very little money. Not all of them are young. Why would the City Council expend so much effort to take away a tool that makes their jobs easier?

We called up Transportation Alternatives’ Juan Martinez for the lowdown on e-bikes in New York. About 10 years ago, Martinez says, the federal government passed a law that classified certain electric bikes as bicycles, exempting them from regulations that apply to street-legal motorcycles. But Albany never updated state code to reflect the change. Since electric bikes don’t come from the factory with vehicle identification numbers — because VIN plates aren’t required by federal regulations — they can’t be registered with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.



In the meantime, council members are desperate for a solution to constituent complaints about sidewalk riding. “They’re hearing about this every day,” Martinez says. “There’s a reality that they’re responding to.” Since NYPD does not keep data on electric bike summonses or crashes, however, it’s impossible to gauge the extent of the problem.

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http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/26/mayor-bloomberg-expected-to-sign-e-bike-ban/


“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.


I'm a bicyclist, and one of my great frustrations is bicyclists who flout traffic laws.

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