Is the NYC Police cracking down on electric bicycles and scooters?
According to this news blog focusing on Sheepshead Bay the NYPD has put out a flier with this text:
In an effort to ensure the safety of the motorists and pedestrians of New York City, the NYPD would like to advise citizens of the rules and regulations related to specific motorized devices.
The following motorized devices cannot be registered within New York State and therefore these devices cannot be operated on the highways, public streets or sidewalks of New York State.
- Motorized Scooters
- Dirt Bikes
- Mini Bikes
- Motor Assisted Bicycles - This includes electric powered bicycles
Operation of any of these devices on any highway, street, sidewalk, parking lot or any area that allows public motor vehicle traffic is strictly prohibited.
Use of these devices subject the operator to summons and/or arrest as well as confiscation of the motorized device. Please be considerate of the safety of your fellow motorists and pedestrians.
The NYPD Thanks You For Your Cooperation.
Looks like the poor behavior of a few continues to ruin it for the many. I don't see that changing anytime soon.
Well, all the e-bikers have to do is build a minimum e-motorcycle. Take a 125cc scooter and convert it to electric. Get a used non-working donor frame, motor/controller from Zehrbach, some of the a123 20AH cells mentioned on the ES forum (or if you are a brave sole - RC LiPo packs), slap on a Cycle Analyst, and you have a e-moto.