Some Hoboken officials might be having second thoughts about allowing e-scooters into their city on May 20, 2019. Just a few days after legalizing rentable e-scooters, city officials have received dozens of complaints related to these popular devices.
All of the issues locals have with these e-scooters are safety-related. Traffic cameras revealed dozens of e-scooter users running through red lights, riding on sidewalks, and driving dangerously close to oncoming traffic.
In April of 2019, NY State Senators first considered a bill that would let cities determine their own laws for e-scooter and e-bikes. Given the recent issues in Hoboken, it’s unclear how far this bill will go in Albany. To read Senate Bill S5294 in full, please click on this link.
Although NYC doesn’t allow e-scooters or e-bikes, it does have a shareable bike program sponsored by Citi. New Yorkers can now rent from hundreds of stations spread throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Jersey City by using a smartphone app. For more info on Citi’s NYC bikeshare program, feel free to visit www.citibikenyc.com.