I live in NY State on Long Island. In Dec 2011, I bought a new EBike [EWheels EW-475 with 36 V LiFePO4 10 AH bat.] and was assured they were legal in NYS.
Now I learn EBikes are legal in every other state, BUT not in NY.
Anyone have any info when, or IF, EBikes will be allowed in NYS? I know about the 20 MPH rule, that it must be a bike with working pedals, and no freeways or sidewalks. I will use my climbing helmet, to avoid being singled out for that - though I think bike helmet rules are for <18 y/o.
Do NYS, or LI in particular, cops just ignore the No EBike on Any NY Road law, or do they seek us out? With no NY plate license, registration not allowed in NYS, it seems like a real risk.
With reasonable speeds expected of a standard 10-speed bike, and silent hub motor, can we just spin the pedals in "assist" mode, and get by on primarily residential neighborhood NYS roads?
Any ideas, or first-hand experience apppreciated.