New York is still trying to figure out how to deal with e-bikes and scooters

In October 2017, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, in response to complaints about the fast-accelerating e-bikes on sidewalks and in bike lanes, announced a crackdown. Council member Helen Rosenthal and other local politicians lent their support, saying the bikes posed a menace to pedestrians and other bicyclists. The New York Police Department can cite violators with $500 summonses and impound the bikes until their owners pay up. At Wednesday’s hearing, Thomas Chan, the NYPD’s chief of transportation, testified that police confiscated 1,215 e-bikes in 2018 and issued 1,154 e-bike summonses to individuals and 167 e-bike summonses to commercial businesses, Gothamist reported…