The push is on to legalize Class 1 E-Bikes in NYS

 The electric drive system on ebikes can only be activated through a pedaling action and is limited to relatively low speeds. (photo courtesy of Buffalo Rising)

The electric drive system on ebikes can only be activated through a pedaling action and is limited to relatively low speeds. (photo courtesy of Buffalo Rising)

Buffalo may be adopting yet another form of ride sharing transportation following it's most recent additions of Uber and Lyft last year. Currently, State and local organizations are joining NYS residents to encourage lawmakers in Albany to legalize the Class 1 e-bikes for use on public streets. Class 1 e-bikes do not have a throttle mechanism, and the electronic "pedal-assist" system can only be activated through a pedaling action and is limited to relatively low speeds.

 “Pedal-assist bikes are one of the most exciting and fun ways to solve today’s transit problems and it would be a shame if Buffalo, and other cities across the state, could not take advantage of it,” said Michael Galligano, CEO of Shared Mobility Inc, Co-Founder of Reddy Bikeshare.

The legalization of this transportation system may provide a greener, healthier alternative for many people in Buffalo and NYS. 

Read more at Buffalo Rising.