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NYPD specializes in e-bike, scooter violators as 15 die in crashes

ByMattie Cash

Aug 29, 2022

Fifteen other folks have died in e-bike and scooter crashes in New York thus far this 12 months, police knowledge presentations — even because the NYPD stories it has stepped up efforts to factor summonses to reckless riders.

Of the 15 e-bike and scooter deaths, six had been on gadgets classified as “unlawful motorized scooters” and 5 on electrical motorcycles with pedals, NYPD knowledge as of Aug. 14 presentations.

Every other 3 other folks died on status e-scooters and one died on any other electrical instrument, police officers stated.

July used to be the bloodiest month thus far this 12 months, with ten deadly or near-fatal e-bike and scooter crashes investigated via the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad. Police have investigated dozens extra crashes involving critical accidents this 12 months.

A few of the fatal crashes in 2022 used to be a collision April 21 of an electrical moped with a parked truck on 86th St. close to W. eleventh St. in Gravesend, Brooklyn. The 20-year-old operator of the moped used to be declared useless on the scene, and his 35-year-old passenger ended up within the medical institution. The crash so mangled the motorcycle, its entrance finish used to be just about severed.

Every other concerned a girl, 57, who used to be using an e-bike in opposition to site visitors on Castle Hamilton Expressway in Borough Park, Brooklyn on June 30 when she crashed right into a truck. She used to be declared useless on the scene.

Overdue at the night time of June 29, a 26-year-old e-bike rider died in Mott Haven, the Bronx, when he collided with a truck on E. 149th St. at St. Ann’s Ave. He used to be rushed to Lincoln Health facility however could not be stored.

As of August 14, police have issued 2,822 summonses for transferring violations to e-bike and scooter riders. That exceeds via 32% the two,139 such summonses issued in the similar length of 2021.

Thus far this 12 months, 1,591 other folks had been injured via e-bikes and different electrical rides, in step with NYPD knowledge up to date on Aug. 14.

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This 12 months’s reported accidents come with 611 on unlawful motorized scooters — up via 15, or 3%, from the similar length of 2021, the knowledge presentations.

Additionally this 12 months, police rely 581 accidents from crashes involving status e-scooters and 399 on e-bikes with pedals.

The Town Council in November 2019 legalized many varieties of throttle-assist and pedal-assist e-bikes utilized by supply staff. In 2020, the Council allowed e-bikes in bicycle lanes.

Now not all forms of electrical motorcycles had been legalized via the Council, together with mopeds that will have to be registered with the state. Police say that truth is broadly overlooked via some who promote two-wheeled electrical rides.

“Some companies and producers noticed this (town’s legalization of many e-bikes) as a possibility to marketplace electrical bikes below the umbrella of ‘e-bikes,’” an NYPD spokesperson stated.

Many of us, together with immigrant supply staff, “have unknowingly bought those gadgets most effective to finally end up injured or have the non-street criminal instrument hidden via the police,” stated the NYPD spokesperson.

Police at the moment are accomplishing enforcement “on the level of sale sooner than predatory gross sales practices lead to harm or financial loss” via individuals who purchase unlawful scooters.