Harmful Legislation in New York
- There is new legislation working its way through the New York State legislature that would make it illegal for anyone 16 years of age or younger to operate OR BE A PASSENGER on an electric-assist bicycle. So, all of you who use such bicycles as your family transportation (in New York), you will soon be illegal!
The bill is A02393 in the Assembly which has already passed. The sponsor is Assemblyman David Gantt. The Senate bill is S4014, and the sponsor there is Senator Thomas Morahan.
By the way, the blurb for the bill does not reflect the actual text of the legislation. The blurb is relatively innocuous, saying that those 16 years old and younger must wear a helmet when operating an electric-assist bicycle. That is NOT what the legislation says!
IMHO, time to get on the horn to let these legislators know what you think of this bill.