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We at Stark Drive are excited for the over 8.5 Million people that live in New York in that they have finally legalized Electric Bikes (both pedal assisted and full electric throttle driven) for all residents of the state. We learned of the news first on a report by The Verge here:
This is excellent news for both commuters and those that have traded in a vehicle and are using electric bikes to make deliveries in metropolitan areas in New York State. In helping get vehicles off the road and more people on two wheels, we are helping not only the environment but also reliving congestion and improving air quality.
There are regulations behind the three classes of electric bikes which include:
Class 1 is pedal-assisted with no throttle,
Class 2 is throttle-assisted with a maximum speed of 20 mph and,
Class 3 is throttle-powered with a maximum speed of 25 mph.
Each come with regulations in regards to safety equipment required. It is our opinion at Stark Drive that no matter what your ebikes stop speed, one should always wear safety equipment to protect yourself when you are riding.
This is a step in the right direction for helping to make downtown centers car free so that both cyclists and pedestrians can safely take advantage of the surroundings.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC