Saturday, January 14, 2023

E-bikes and E-Scooters are a Menace to Pedestrians


If the chart above is too small to read you may see it at

E-bikes and E-Scooter have become very popular in recent years, but are a menace to pedestrians and car drivers.  If you read the regulations in the chart they are not legally allowed to ride on sidewalks, but I see them all the time.  Since their motors are very quiet, you don't know they are approaching you from the rear.  I have yet to hear a rider say excuse me to a pedestrian.  Few riders of e-bikes and e-scooter pay attention to stop signs and red lights.  I say that larger e-bikes, especially those used for deliveries, be registered and required to carry insurance.

I am pleased to read that the 109th precinct in Flushing is active in confiscating e-bikes illegally operating on a sidewalk.  However, there can't be a police officer on every block.

My best advice to walkers is to look back occasionally to see if any e-bike are coming.

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