Updated: Apr 4, 2020
A few weeks ago we wrote about electric scooters "technically" being illegal to ride in New York City. While we were never able to get a citation ourselves, many of our customers in New York were worried about the legislation not being approved.
Since then, we've been pushing to bring awareness to the matter and support for bill S5294A. Just yesterday, it officially passed Senate. You can read more about that and our campaign efforts in Mashable, The Observer, and the The New York Business Journal.
So what does this all mean?
- Electric Scooters operating at speeds of up to 20 mph would be legal in New York.
- You must be at least 16 to ride, and they are prohibited on sidewalks.
- Certain greenways are off limits. For example, East River Park.
- While they are now legal to personally own and operate - the city hasn't yet issued permits for dockless fleets - so you won't be seeing any Bird or Lime scooters available for rent.
What if you're not feeling quite ready to buy your own? That's okay, you can still rent one with us here in New York to try them out.
Happy riding! And thanks to all that followed us and helped support the passing of this legislation.