Why hasn’t Cuomo approved the e-bikes bill?

This past session, the New York state Legislature passed upwards of 900 pieces of legislation, and more than 300 of those bills are still waiting for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval ahead of an end-of-year deadline to sign legislation into law. Cuomo’s inaction on one high-profile bill in particular has some of its supporters questioning the hold-up. 

In June, the Legislature passed a bill legalizing electric bikes and electric scooters, as state law prohibits riding the devices, despite their steady proliferation in cities across the country and the world.

While many advocates make the case for legalizing e-bikes in order to ease the plight of those delivery cyclists facing high fines issued by the NYPD, some have attempted to hasten its approval by the governor by pointing to other benefits they say the bill would have. In an op-ed published in Crain’s New York Business, a trio of supporters – Julie Samuels of the tech industry group Tech:NYC, Tom Wright of the Regional Plan Association and Julie Tighe of the New York League of Conservation Voters – urged Cuomo to sign the bill, citing the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting down on vehicle congestion, especially in New York City.

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