Garodnick is sponsoring legislation that would double the fines for violations already related to e-bikes. Van Bramer said the bill for e-bikes includes increasing fines for running a red light, and traveling or riding on the sidewalk.
“For example, the maximum fine for riding an e-bike on the sidewalk would increase from $100 to $200,” Garodnick said. “The fine for running a red light for the first time would increase from the current range of $150 to $450 to $900.”
He stressed that the use of the illegal bikes was a citywide issue, highlighting a local resident who was injured by one. Leonore Lanzillotti, a resident of Sunnyside, spoke regarding an accident involving an e-bike on Greenpoint Avenue when she was crossing the street .
“I was almost killed,” she said.
Eight Council members have co-signed the bill. Garodnick said he is hoping to have the bill introduced in the fall.