Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Kudos to the NYPD and Queens DA Melinda Katz for Removing Illegal E-Scooters and E-Bikes


There was an excellent story on NY1 News last night by reporter Justine Re on the efforts by the  NYPD and Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz to remove e-scooters and e-bikes.  Their major concern was the use of these vehicles to commit crimes.  For example, an e-bike will approach someone and steal his cell phone.

I am concerned with their menace to pedestrians and automobiles.  These creeps drive on sidewalks with little regard for walkers.  It is impossible to hear a bicycle or scooter if it is behind you.  I have had a few calls with those vehicles almost hitting me.  If they do hit a pedestrian, they would just drive away.  These cyclists disregard traffic lights and stop signs when they are on the streets.  Of course, there is the issue of the lithium-ion batteries causing fires.

This will continue to be a problem especially since e-bikes are used to deliver food.  There certainly cannot be a police officer on every block to regulate e-bikes and scooters.  I thank them for doing their best to combat this problem.

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