June 17, 2019 Update

Ebike legislation is moving in Albany. But there are serious problems with the bills. The session ends on Wednesday, so take action today...

* Operators and passengers must be >= 16. This means parents can't transport their kids on ebikes.

* If we're reading this right, they'd only allow riding ebikes on streets, unless the local controlling entity allows them. So no ebiking on the North & South County Trailways, the Old Croton Aqueduct, the Bronx River Parkway, Hudson River Greenway, etc.

* Local governments can ban ebikes. So we'd have to check the laws in each jurisdiction we want to pass through, making long distance cycling impractical.

* Bans sidewalk biking except where locals opt in. No seeking shelter from dangerous roads for you.

These restrictions make no sense for ebikes that go 20 MPH or less ("Class 1" and "Class 2" ebikes) which behave very similarly to regular bikes. They're understandable for the faster Class 3 ebikes.

Get in touch with the decision makers today:

Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390 x2

Tarrytown & South
State Senate:
Andrea Stewart-Cousins <scousins@nysenate.gov>

State Assembly:
Thomas Abinanti <abinantit@nyassembly.gov>

Sleepy Hollow
State Senate:
Peter Harckham <harckham@nysenate.gov>

State Assembly:
Thomas Abinanti <abinantit@nyassembly.gov>

Senate: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator
Assembly: http://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/

The problems above are from the versions of the bills posted this morning (S5294A / A7431B). Here's info on the bill: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S5294/

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