Brouhaha in New York
That electric bike rules have produced such brouhaha in New York may be evidence of the potential this emerging transport mode holds here. Buses and subway trains are emitting riders due to crisis-level pauses and slowdowns, and the city’s roads are packed, gratitude in part to the increase of ride-hailing. Everything mentioned may be the reason why the city with over eight million inhabitants is pedaling in record numbers. To balance ballooning transportation demands, growing population and carbon reduction goals, more and more transportation officials alike are emphasizing to more bicycles as a clean solution.
Electric bikes, in particular, are an exciting topic in the transportation system as a new boundary of space-conscious public transit. E-bikes aren’t new, but not so long ago limited battery capacity and high prices have kept them a reasonably boutique item, at least in the U.S. Bike-friendlier European cities like Lisbon or Paris already boast significant populations of electric bikes. Boosters say that electric bicycles can broaden the attraction of cycling to a broader public—less strong or older riders, or commuters who hesitate at sweaty uphill roads. Various private and city-run bike-share plans are racing to roll out electric types, for example, and attorneys have high expectations that e-bikes can accomplish something that majority of Americans have been loathing to acknowledge: swap their cars for bikes.