How electric bikes can make cities safer

The mayor of one of the best biking cities in the U.S. is not a fan of electric bikes.

“We have a safety issue that is quite clear to me,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference this week. “I’ve heard it from so many people in the city around the bikes that go very fast.”

To de Blasio, e-bikes represent “a real danger,” and his administration has been cracking down on a particular type known as throttle-powered, which allows a bike to move without pedaling. The crackdown unfairly targets a mode of transportation the city’s delivery workers rely upon—while the city’s bike-share system rolled out its own electric pedal-assist bikes and its Department of Transportation launched a pilot program with dockless e-bikes.