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Push underway to legalize electric scooters as L train shutdown looms

September 24, 2018 - 2:12 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- You've probably noticed a lot of people in the city getting around using alternative means of transportation lately, including motorized skateboards and roller blades -- not to mention all manner of electrically powered bikes.

Not all of those are street legal, and now a company called Bird wants the city to legalize electric scooters in part because that's the product that Bird makes.

Council member Antonio Reynoso believes the scooters will son get the green light.

"Allowing for these options to exist will give people more alternatives and more options to move around in the city," he said.

With a maximum speed of 15 mph, Reynoso doesn't think they're any more dangerous than bikes and a lot less so than vehicles.

"Over 200 pedestrians in the city of New York have died because of vehicles," Reynoso said.

Reynoso would like to see the scooters rolling in time to help commuters when the L train shuts down in April for 15 months.