The New York State budget for 2020 will legalize electric bikes and scooters
Electric scooters and bicycles will be made legal in New York State after years of effort.
That funding was included in the recently announced 2020 state budget, under which state lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo reached a tentative agreement.
Electronic scooters are legally allowed to travel up to 15mph.
The next is a throttle powered bike with a top speed of 20mph.The last is a throttle powered bike with a top speed of 25 MPH.
Anyone legally driving the last category of e-bikes will be required to wear a helmet, and 16 - and 17-year-old children will also be required to wear helmets when riding scooters.
The lack of a helmet rule was partly responsible for an earlier attempt to legalize electric bikes and scooters in 2019, which was ultimately vetoed by Andrew Cuomo when it passed the state legislature.
While the budget legalizes electric bikes and scooters statewide, municipalities are exempt from enforcing local bans.
It is unclear whether the new rules will help electric-scooter rental companies like Bird and Lime get permits to start operating in New York City.
Lime began a pilot program in Hoboken, N.J., in 2019.
Between October 23 solstice and November 10, Lime's scooters travelled 673,000 times, with an average cycling time of six minutes.
In a survey of people using the program, 74.5% said they wanted to continue offering electric scooter rental services (or continue to make some improvements).