There’s been a lot of good cycling news out of New York City
this week. Lyft
-owned Citi Bike
committed $100 million to double the docked bike-share system’s service area and increase the number of bikes from 12,000 to 40,000
—including a lot more pedal-assist bikes—over the next five years. This will make bike share more accessible for many more people.
Council member Rafael Espinal introduced several bills
aimed at legalizing e-scooters, ending the ban on throttle e-bikes which targets the city’s immigrant delivery workers
, reducing fines for non-compliant bikes, and providing support for low-income users to have their bikes converted to meet the new regulations.
However, so-called “progressive” mayor Bill de Blasio
maintains that e-bikes are a safety hazard
, despite having failed to produce any evidence to back up his claims, while continuing to downplay the danger posed by automobiles in the city. Yet users say otherwise: e-bikes actually make them feel safer
, especially when there isn’t much dedicated cycling infrastructure.
To top it off, council member Ydanis Rodriguez
called for 100 miles
(160 kms) of protected bike lanes to be installed every year, up from the 29.4 miles (47 kms) that are projected to be installed in 2018. DoT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg
didn’t commit to the target, but said she would “take the chairman’s challenge.”