Micromobility Use Statistics

(NACTO, 2018)  

Micromobility Use Statistics

(NACTO, 2018)  

The New York State Legislature recently passed legislation as part of the 2020 State Budget that will regulate e-bikes and scooters.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • The bill creates three different classes of e-bikes:

    • Class 1 (pedal-assist bikes, such as Citi Bike e-bikes, that max out at 20 miles per hour. Such bikes had been legal in New York City already)

    • Class 2 (throttle-powered bikes that max out at 20 miles per hour)

    • Class 3 e-bikes (throttle-powered bikes that max out at 25 miles per hour) in cities of one million people or more. These are the bikes preferred by delivery workers.

  • E-scooters, capped at 15 miles per hour, are legalized for use statewide as well, but scooter share programs cannot operate in Manhattan (they are expected to be piloted in Brooklyn and Queens).

  • Helmets are required for 16- and 17-year-olds who ride e-scooters or Class 1 and 2 e-bikes, and for anyone who rides a Class 3 e-bike.

  • An e-bike rider who’s found to be biking while intoxicated faces a fine up to $500 and/or 15 days in jail, despite the fact that New York has no law regarding riding a regular bike while intoxicated.

  • E-bikes are banned on roads where the speed limit is over 30 miles per hour.

  • Like last year’s bill, e-bikes and e-scooters are banned on the Hudson River Park Greenway.

  • Local governments can overrule some provisions when/if they create their own e-bike regulations.

*Information summarized April 2020

New York State provides detailed information on all types of mobility providers across the state including traffic, travel and transit information through the 511NY website and  511NYRideshare website.

 

 

 

   

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Shared Mobility

This resource page is intended to serve as a shared mobility information clearinghouse for up-to-date resources/links and data.

The NYSAMPO and partner agencies are constantly working with the public and private sector to stay informed of new and emerging technologies and activities taking place in urban areas across New York State and beyond. One such technology/activity that is changing the face of transportation is the development of new shared mobility options. Shared mobility is defined as shared use of a vehicle such as a taxi/car service/shuttle, carpooling/vanpooling, public transit, bicycle, scooter or other mode of transportation, with micromobility often being a term referring specifically to bike share and scooter share.

  

While bike share is pretty common in urban areas and on college campuses across New York State, scooter share is still an evolving mode in the State. Shared mobility has shifted transportation away from a system that is centered on private vehicle ownership to a system of mobility as a service. Typically, shared mobility services like bike share, car share, scooter share, and transportation network companies (such as Uber and Lyft) can be accessed on-demand via a website. The proliferation of smartphones and apps have enabled shared mobility companies to grow rapidly in cities across the U.S, including cities across New York State. Many shared mobility companies started out focused on a single mode but have evolved and expanded to include multiple modes and technologies. More recently, mobility companies and car manufacturers have begun to invest in and test autonomous vehicle technology, which indicates that they are anticipating a future of shared, autonomous mobility.