Planning the Next Assault on New York State’s E-Bike Inanity

Planning the Next Assault on New York State’s E-Bike Inanity Jul 22, 2013. Article Viewed 6541 Times Now that the NYS legislature has ratified its identity as the lamest State Legislature in the country by once again failing to pass a bill legalizing electric-assist bikes, the campaign to reverse this mindless course is already beginning. Since this part-time governing body suspends all activity during a Summer recess that does not end until the New Year, there is plenty of time to strategize and plan for the next Sisyphean assault on Albany Mountain. Unfortunately, there are two distinct approaches being taken by the two bodies and that must also be resolved. Ass. Gantt is convinced that adults must be forced to wear helmets on these machines, in spite of the urging of NYC’s, NYS’s, and all the National bike groups’ insistence that, as with ordinary bicycles, this decision needs to be left up to each adult person to make for themselves. That is in addition to the numerous scientific studies from both here and abroad that prove that requiring helmets is, on balance, a very, very bad idea. One important factor is that it reduces the number of riders so substantially…

When New York City Banned the E-Bike

When New York City Banned the E-Bike May 27, 2013. Article Viewed 6689 Times Banning electric bikes is like banning skim milk. There are innumerable people for whom ordinary bicycles are not adequate to their needs, who find electric-assisted bikes and trikes to be perfect for themselves. They are not officially considered disabled and would not appreciate this designation, and they have sufficient mobility to be able to enjoy the benefits of getting some healthful exercise through the pedaling that they do. They will not be permitted to enjoy the benefits of this, lately much-improved, transportation technology, because of the perception that this type of vehicle is responsible for a rash of serious injuries and deaths, even in the absence of any evidence whatsoever of this. Preserving the virtual monopoly of industrial-scale, gasoline-powered vehicles in this country is accomplished in many ways. Allowing dangerous behavior by motor vehicle operators scares most people from considering the use of human-scale alternatives like bikes. Economic interests with a large stake in the status quo will use any means they can, especially by influencing public officials cowering in fear of tabloid editorials, to prevent new forms of competition. The dramatic upgrade in ride-ability, range,…