Laws Banning eBikes Ignored by Public Safety on Roosevelt Island

AM Seawright Takes Action To Protect Us Against eBike Hazards

Updated 13 weeks ago David Stone
Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright with her daughter visited on Roosevelt Island Day, last year.
Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright with her daughter visited on Roosevelt Island Day, last year.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

While, as we've reported, eBikes are routinely allowed to run stop signs, glide up sidewalks and scatter pedestrians on the promenades on Roosevelt Island, State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright has taken action to curtail the abuses from her position in Albany.

"On May 15, 2019, Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright’s e-bike labeling bill A4990 passed the Assembly," Seawright's office announced in a press release.

"This legislation requires manufacturers of electric assisted bicycles to conspicuously label e-bikes with a warning stating that the use of the e-bikes may be unlawful to operate on public roads, streets and highways and to check local laws."

eBikes are used for food deliveries. This one had just buzzed down the sidewalk in Manhattan Park.
eBikes are used for food deliveries. This one had just buzzed down the sidewalk in Manhattan Park.
© David Stone / Rosevelt Island Daily

"E-bikes, which can generally go over 20 miles an hour, are illegal on the streets of New York City but it is legal to purchase and own an e-bike in New York City. E-bikes pose a danger to pedestrians, motorists and cyclists alike. With the potential for higher speeds, resulting crashes could mean greater injury and fatalities," they summarized.

“By labeling the e-bike at the point of purchase, warning consumers of variability of local laws, we will eliminate the potential purchase of e-bikes by uninformed New York City consumers and businesses. Furthermore, we can penalize manufacturers who are non –compliant and increase the safety on our streets,” said Seawright.

The Roosevelt Island Daily hopes this will be a useful step in protecting residents, even if PSD continues to look the other way.

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