Saturday, February 12, 2011
Motorized bikes the latest menace
From CBS 2:
They dart in and out of traffic and occasionally jump up on the sidewalks. A new breed of motorized bicycles delivering take-out food zipping around town and scaring pedestrians.
Some of the bikes almost look home-made — with batteries haphazardly strapped on. Others are as sleek and souped-up as motor scooters. But what’s surprising is that they fall into a gray zone. Hence there are no clear-cut regulations.
“Right now it’s unclear,” Community Board 8 member Jonathan Horn said, when asked if they are considered bicycles or motorized vehicles. “Drivers don’t have licenses and they don’t have motor vehicle training.”
State Sen. Liz Krueger is working on legislation up in Albany to regulate these battery-powered bikes. But she’s said the difficulty is redefining them as motor vehicles.
City Council members are having the same problem convincing others on the local level.
And despite all the bike lanes, traffic calming devices and street cafes, accidents actually increased slightly last year. But we're still one of the safest cities for pedestrians and motorists.