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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by LockH » Jan 31 2018 3:02am

Hehe... BTW... On the same page as the article (above) re "Congestion Charges" in NTC... the New York Times had another item titled New York State, Not the City, Will Decide Congestion Pricing. Here’s Why.:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/nyre ... ntrol.html

Watt starts:
ALBANY — So why is it that the State of New York can tell the City of New York what to do with its streets?

The question is a natural one in light of a proposal unveiled on Friday to charge drivers who enter Midtown and Lower Manhattan, a congestion pricing plan that would raise money for mass transit.

The answer lies in Article IX of the New York Constitution, which outlines the state’s responsibilities and powers over its local governments, including their very creation. Leverage over local affairs was codified in a 1929 case, Adler v. Deegan, which found so long as there was “substantial” state interest, the Legislature could act on matters of “property, affairs or government,” an opinion — written by the jurist Benjamin Cardozo — that has been widely construed.
Etc... Watt makes one Canadian guy wonder why NY State can override the city re any congestion charges, but the State is silent when NYC decides to clamp down on bettery-electric bicycles?

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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by Raisedeyebrows » Jan 31 2018 11:34am

Maybe NYC's best solution to the perceived Ebike problem is for them to form a new police unit, "Division of Electric Bike Enforcement Special SWAT" with a gaggle of officers riding custom built high powered mid-drive bikes dressed in Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes. Legalize ebikes completely and then the Turtles can appear out of nowhere at any time scaring the Pizza and Chinese food delivery commmunity into compliance and safe riding.

This plan of course would deprive a lot of middle aged neurotic citizens out of something to complain about and they might be forced to revert to filing complaints with the city about those annoying shoe mines left on sidewalks by urban dog owner's pets.
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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by LockH » Feb 15 2018 4:54pm

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De Blasio's State of the City Address Greeted with Tenant Protests:
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More than a score of police officers kept the protesters, who also included street vendors and electric-bicycle-delivery workers demanding an end to city harassment, corralled in three pens.
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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by Timelord » Feb 19 2018 7:29pm

One local politician gets it: Rafael Espinal, a member of the City Council, wrote an op-ed in the NY Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/peda ... -1.3818945
Every day, we are seeing developments in clean energy technology that move us toward renewable sources and away from fossil fuels. Electric power will define the future of our transportation; it’s only a matter of how quickly our city embraces the change.

Cities across the country and around the world are beefing up their public transit by making bold investments in electric-powered vehicles, from electric buses to electric bicycles, to mitigate congestion and reduce emissions.

Yet here in New York City, we’re still fighting the tide — with a backward, punitive approach.

Nothing exemplifies our mistake better than the city’s attack on pedal-assisted, electric bicycles. For years, e-bikes have been a useful method of transportation for food delivery workers, many of whom earn as little as $30 a day and are forced to brace harsh weather.

These low-wage, often immigrant workers rely on e-bikes to make deliveries faster and easier. The small electric motor allows bike riders to travel at an average speed of 18 miles an hour, not much faster than a traditional bicycle and certainly much slower than a motorcycle or car.

And let’s not forget that before the e-bike, what generally transported our deliveries were gas-powered, air-polluting mopeds.

While there has been no data to indicate that e-bikes are associated with higher crash or injury rates, the de Blasio administration has taken a punitive stance on e-bikes. In October 2017, Mayor de Blasio announced an unprovoked crackdown, saying that beginning in 2018, the NYPD would spearhead civil enforcement against businesses by allowing officers to issue civil summonses through the mail — in addition to getting a $100 fine for their first infraction.

Riders caught operating an e-bike are subject to a civil summons, confiscation of the bike and a $500 fine.

It’s true that e-bikes are technically illegal to operate on our streets. But that doesn’t mean it’s a wise enforcement priority for the city. Of course, e-bikes, when used incorrectly, can be a nuisance to New Yorkers. But we should not blame the vehicle for the careless habits of the rider. If e-bike riders follow the same laws of the road as do nonelectric-bike riders, which they typically do, they should have the exact same access to our streets.

Other cities have fully embraced e-bikes and are making them more accessible to commuters. San Francisco recently announced a 250 e-bike pilot program, while Baltimore and Birmingham, Ala., have integrated e-bikes into their bike-sharing schemes. Even Texas and Florida have more progressive e-bike laws than New York does.

Imagine if Citi Bike had the right to incorporate e-bikes into their bike-share model. The possibility of crossing one of the East River’s many bridges without breaking a sweat would attract more New Yorkers to use that mode of transportation to get in or out of Manhattan, especially during the L train shutdown. This would reduce vehicular congestion and the strain on our already overburdened transit system.

For starters, the mayor should implement a moratorium on the NYPD’s enforcement against electric bikes. And while he does that, Albany should act to legalize them. That is why I am introducing a City Council resolution in support of legislation sponsored by state Sen. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman David Gantt (D-Rochester), which would include electric-assisted bicycles in the definition of “bicycle” and thereby permit their use.

New York City is experiencing a public transit crisis right now; all you have to do is ask one of the millions of people who ride the subway daily. With crisis comes opportunity. We must seize this chance to rethink our transit systems and plan our city in ways that take advantage of new, clean technology. Electric bikes are a low-cost, ecofriendly and space-efficient option that we should embrace.

Going full steam ahead on electric transit — whether that means new public buses or bicycles — will bring us a long way toward reducing our carbon footprint, with big health and environmental benefits. While President Trump fights on the side of coal in the supposed war on the dirty fuel, we must insist on smarter and bolder solutions.

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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by LockH » Feb 19 2018 9:15pm

^^ Hehe... Already seen in ES Newz... (yah gotta be quick):
https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... l#p1358187

The way countries and cities all over the world are throwing money at electric bike buyers ("tax rebates", etc...), if I were Mister Mayor (NYC Mayor de Blasio) I'd be totally embarrassed. ("Hiding under a rock", etc)

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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by Matador » Mar 11 2018 10:49am

LockH wrote:
Feb 19 2018 9:15pm
^^ Hehe... Already seen in ES Newz... (yah gotta be quick):
https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... l#p1358187

The way countries and cities all over the world are throwing money at electric bike buyers ("tax rebates", etc...), if I were Mister Mayor (NYC Mayor de Blasio) I'd be totally embarrassed. ("Hiding under a rock", etc)

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DeBlasio is a closed minded person, like many politicians in NYC... Only money is a concern. Forget other people`s well being. It`s about De Blasio building HIS carrer. It`s all about not letting people have th power to use low cost and environnement friendly transportation. It`s not about what YOU NYorkers want... It`s about what the 0.0000001% who control the money in NYC want. NYC Manhattan is a Ghetto island. People who really live on this island only have time to work. Barely any time to sleep during the night. They basically give off their life for living in a closed door ghetto where you will end up dying if you dont get out quick. And your not allowed to have fun on an ebike even if you work 95 hr per week. NYC is boooooooooooorring.

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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by LockH » Mar 17 2018 7:41am

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Fast Company is a monthly American business magazine published in print and online that focuses on technology, business, and design and ebikes and stuff.
New York Is Confiscating Delivery Bikes, Hurting Immigrants, And Helping No One
("The city’s crackdown on electric bikes is destroying the livelihood of people who make deliveries for a living–and shows how the gig economy platforms that pay them abdicate any responsibility to help."):
https://www.fastcompany.com/40537103/ne ... ing-no-one

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Zhu, along with 60% of New York’s 50,000 delivery cyclists, rides an electric bike (also known as an e-bike), cycles that are powered by motors built into the bike that allow the rider to transport themselves without having to work so hard to pedal. The majority of e-bike users in the city are, like Zhu, immigrants from China or Latin America who depend on delivery work to make a living. While it’s also common to see messengers zipping around the city on regular bikes, those workers tend to be younger and U.S. born, and often take on delivery work as a supplement to other jobs.
:shock: "... 60% of New York’s 50,000 delivery cyclists rides an electric bike..." So, like about 30,000 electric bikes now in NYC alone?... and that's not counting personal ebikes??? Wonder where the writer gets their stats from...
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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by LockH » Mar 21 2018 6:33am

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Community newspaper covering the Upper West Side of Manhattan. We cover people, local businesses, schools, ebikes and stories that make the neighborhood unique.
NYPD e-bikes crackdown continues
("City’s efforts to rid streets of electric bicycles focus on seizures, fines"):
http://www.westsidespirit.com/local-new ... ontinues/2

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Electric bicycles — outfitted with battery-powered motors that can propel riders at sustained speeds of upwards of 20 mph — have become an increasingly familiar piece of Manhattan’s streetscape in recent years. They’ve become so common that an out-of-towner who didn’t know better could be forgiven for thinking that the motorized bikes, favored by food delivery workers for their speed and ease of mobility, are a fully sanctioned mode of transportation in New York City.

But in spite of their ubiquity, e-bikes are, in fact, illegal to ride on city streets — and the city has gone to increased lengths to stamp out their use.

From Jan. 1 to Feb. 11, the most recent period for which data is available, police seized 209 e-bikes and issued 238 moving summonses to e-bike users citywide.
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In the 1920s the laws were widely disregarded, and tax revenues were lost. Very well organized criminal gangs took control of the beer and liquor supply for many cities, unleashing a crime wave that shocked the nation. By the late 1920s a new opposition mobilized nationwide. Wets attacked prohibition as causing crime, lowering local revenues, and imposing rural Protestant religious values on urban America. Prohibition ended with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment on December 5, 1933. Some states continued statewide prohibition, marking one of the last stages of the Progressive Era.
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Post by LockH » Mar 21 2018 8:29am

Good News! ... for NYC Mayor De Blasio... having given up his cosy little house in NYC...:
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... and moving to a larger home...
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Last Novembers news... Governor Cuomo Announces $327 Million Available in Home Heating Assistance for New Yorkers

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Post by LockH » Apr 03 2018 3:09pm

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New York City to allow pedal-assist e-bikes, bans throttled bikes:
http://www.bicycleretailer.com/industry ... sPehJoh21h

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NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced that the city will allow use of pedal-assist e-bikes, but will continue to ban throttled e-bikes that are capable of speeds above 20 mph.

The state of New York does not regulate e-bikes, which remain technically illegal to use in the state, although legislation is pending in Albany.

Last year de Blasio launched a campaign to crack down on e-bikes in the city, particularly throttled bikes used by delivery workers. But now he said he has instructed the city transportation department to begin the rule making process to allow pedal assist bikes.
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Post by LockH » Apr 04 2018 8:50pm

Hehe... News getting BIG... fast...
NYC lifts ban on electric bikes, but hoverboards still illegal
Yahoo Finance UK-52 minutes ago
E-bike ban reversed in NYC
Mashable-1 hour ago
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About time !

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Post by LockH » Apr 05 2018 5:43am

Hehe... Careful... "The city Department of Transportation plans to finalize a rule by this summer"... Ya can maybe rely on "civil servants" and politicians to screw SOMETHING up. :wink: HOPEFULLY folks like ppl from NYCeWheels et al can get to them in time to give `em a "proper ebike education". :lol:
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Post by LockH » Apr 05 2018 7:51am

Hehe... Talking about this NYC "Breakthrough" in Europe...

Breakthrough for E-Bike Legislation (and Use) in America:
http://www.bike-eu.com/laws-regulations ... a-10133473

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NYC’s mayor has a plan to get e-bikes on city roads:
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NYC's War On E-Bikes Takes Toll On Immigrant Delivery Workers:
http://gothamist.com/2018/04/26/e-bike_ ... hp#photo-1

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Li Guoan was delivering food on his electric bicycle in Midtown Manhattan on a frigid January afternoon this year when an NYPD officer pulled him over. E-bikes are illegal to ride in New York City, and Li had been stopped by the police before. But this time the officer decided to seize his bike. Li was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving, no different than if he had been behind the wheel of a 4,000-pound SUV.
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Yet there is no hard evidence to suggest that e-bikes are more of a "threat" than traditional bicycles. The mayor has not cited any numbers to support his assertions. An NYPD spokesperson did not say whether the department keeps track of crashes that involve e-bikes.

At a transportation committee meeting for Manhattan's Community Board 7 in Janaury, NYPD Sergeant Felicia Montgomery said that last year, 86 pedestrians were hit by vehicles in the 20th Precinct, which stretches from West 59th Street up to West 86th. Just five of those crashes involved bikes. And of 58 crashes just involving bicycles, only one involved an e-bike.

Captain Leedroige Manuel, of the neighboring 24th Precinct, added, "We're not seeing a lot of collisions with e-bikes."
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Post by LockH » May 01 2018 2:10pm

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Council Reps to de Blasio: Stop the E-Bike Crackdown and Talk to Workers About New Rules
("Advocates say City Hall’s attempt to clarify e-bike regulations won’t help most delivery workers, who were not consulted on the proposed rule change."):
https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2018/05/01/ ... new-rules/

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The mayor’s crackdown “goes against everything our city represents as a haven for immigrants,” said Lower Manhattan council rep Margaret Chin. Chin said delivery cyclists are afraid to go to work, fearing their bikes will be taken or they will be arrested. “Hard working immigrants should not have to work every day in fear just for doing their jobs,” she said.
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Chin was joined by fellow Council Member Carlos Menchaca and representatives from Transportation Alternatives, the Asian American Federation, Make the Road New York, and the Biking Public Project.
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Post by LockH » May 16 2018 11:07am

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A tale of two e-bikes: City moves ahead to help rich cyclists, while thousands of deliverymen suffer:
http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2 ... eliverymen

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It’s a rolling hypocrisy.

Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to punish hard-working deliverymen for using low-cost battery-powered bicycles but is moving ahead to legalize high-end versions of the supposedly rogue roadsters.

Currently electric bikes are illegal to ride, but the city is moving forward with an exemption for pedal-controlled electric bikes — the ones favored by well-heeled commuters. There are two main differences between the bikes used by deliverymen and those used by the wealthy: a typical delivery e-bike costs $1,500 and is controlled with a hand throttle, while the motor on the more-expensive bikes is controlled with the pedals.
Ends: The Department of Transportation will hold a public comment session on May 29 at 1:30 p.m. at 55 Water St. in Manhattan. Call (212) 839-6500 to register to speak. You can also email comments to rules@dot.nyc.gov.


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Post by LockH » May 16 2018 11:31am

Hehe...
Seen here:
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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by LockH » May 29 2018 5:50am

It’s Spring! Time for NYPD to Punish People for Riding Bikes:
https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2018/05/22/ ... ing-bikes/

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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by sonnetg » May 29 2018 11:54am

This is just crazy. You'd think bicycles would improve traffic congestion, yet NY seems to be going backward. I am so glad i dont live this in city. DC and Baltimore is so much more bike friendlier.

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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by LockH » Jun 04 2018 9:46pm

AND... THEY'RE OFF!

NEW YORK CITY ADVENTURE eBIKE TOURS:
https://www.nycadventurebiketours.com/

One of the first out of the gate... Ricky Bernstein. Congratulations Ricky!
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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by LockH » Jun 28 2018 10:21pm

New Rules For Pedal Assist Bikes
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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by LockH » Jun 29 2018 8:42am

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Electrek is a news site tracking the transition from fossil fuel transportation to electric and the surrounding clean ecosystems.
NYC relies on electric bicycles to save the day and replace subway service:
https://electrek.co/2018/06/29/nyc-elec ... y-service/

Includes:
Beginning in January of 2019, the western portion of the L train will be shut down for 15 months. This important route crosses between Brooklyn and Manhattan, and carries around 275,000 commuters per day.


... and:
While shuttle buses and other methods will make up a large chunk of the solution, NYC is also relying on a new fleet of electric bicycles from Citi Bike’s bicycle share program to pick up the slack and help get New Yorkers to work and back home.

In addition to the 1,250 pedal bicycles and 2,500 docking points that Citi Bike is adding to help alleviate the commuting crisis, they will also be launching an additional 1,000 electric bicycles to ease the crunch.
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Re: Persecuting E-Bikes in New York City

Post by LockH » Jul 27 2018 8:42pm

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Streetsblog connects people to information about how to reduce dependence on private automobiles and improve conditions for walking, biking, and transit. Since 2006, our reporters have broken important stories about efforts to prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths, build out bicycle networks, and make transit more useful. Our writing raises the profile of these issues with policy makers and turns arcane topics like parking requirements and induced traffic into accessible stories for a broad audience.

Streetsblog NYC covers the five boroughs of New York and important transportation policy developments in Albany. Starting with our first scoop in 2006, which tallied up the rampant abuse of parking placards, we’ve helped set the agenda for local transportation coverage. We’re read by an influential audience of public officials and ordinary New Yorkers passionate about improving the streets in their neighborhoods. Streetsblog NYC stories have made the case for progressive policy changes that are saving lives, expanding access to affordable transportation options, and creating a more sustainable future for New York.
Saturday’s Pedal-Assist E-Bike Legalization Leaves Delivery Workers Out in the Cold
("The mayor and NYPD's crackdown on throttle-powered e-bikes have ravaged the city's immigrant delivery workforce."):
https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2018/07/27/ ... -the-cold/

Starts:
Mayor de Blasio’s legalization of pedal-assist electric bikes goes into effect on Saturday. But for the city’s delivery workers, the policy change is not only meaningless, but cruel and unusual.

Most delivery workers use throttle-powered elected bikes — and have been the subject of an NYPD crackdown that began in earnest in January. But the mayor — in part to promote his dockless bike share pilot program and, in part, as a concession to critics of the crackdown — legalized only pedal-assisted e-bikes.

And that doesn’t help delivery workers, who can’t afford those pricier models.
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