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Electric Kick Scooters Finally Legal in New York: What You Need to Know

In April 2020, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed a bill into law legalizing the use of electric kick scooters across the state. This was a significant step in the right direction, as it not only provided a greener alternative to traditional modes of transportation, but also a fun and convenient way for New Yorkers to travel around. From its effective date of June 2, 2020, residents and visitors are now able to legally use e-scooters in select areas across the state, including New York City.

However, there are guidelines and rules to follow for riders. The newly passed law allows e-scooter usage on streets with a speed limit of 30 miles per hour (mph) or less. The rider must be 16 years of age or older, and helmets are recommended but not required. The maximum speed for e-scooters is capped at 20 mph, and they cannot be used on sidewalks or streets with speed limits higher than 30 mph.

Several e-scooter rental companies, such as Bird and Lime, have been eagerly awaiting this decision to begin offering their services in New York. With e-scooters finally legalized, New Yorkers will have more options for convenient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly transportation. It is expected that there will be rapid growth in the e-scooter market within the state, especially in New York City, where public transportation may be costly and time-consuming.

However, as with any new mode of transportation, it is important for riders to stay informed about local regulations to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all users. For example, in New York City, certain bike lanes are restricted to traditional bicycles, and e-scooters and e-bikes are only permitted on designated bike paths.

In conclusion, electric kick scooters have been legalized in New York, offering residents and visitors another convenient and environmentally friendly transportation option. As the e-scooter market in the state expands, riders must stay informed about local regulations to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all users.

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