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Kingston lawmakers formally legalize e-bikes on multi-use paths, city parks – Daily Freeman

KINGSTON, N.Y. — City lawmakers unanimously approved formally legalizing two classes of e-bikes in city parks and on-multi-use paths at February’s Common Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Alderman Robert-Dennison, D-Ward 6, said the rules formally legalize the use of class 1 e-bikes, which feature pedal assist without a throttle, and class 2 e-bikes, which have a throttle and top out at 20 mph in city parks, multi-use paths like the Empire State Trail and parking lots.

Officials emphasized that class 3 bikes that also have a throttle and a top speed of 30 mph are illegal on public streets throughout the state outside of New York City.

Dennison said new state regulations regarding e-bikes do not address multi-use trails and parks.

Legalizing the class 1 and 2 models will help tourists and residents alike who want to traverse a multi-use trail like the Empire State Trail on their e-bike, Dennison said.

Dennison emphasized that the city can still ban e-bikes from certain areas, like T.R. Gallo Waterfront Park and within the Forsyth Nature Center at Forsyth Park.

Dennison said signage will alert e-bike riders to any areas where the bikes are restricted.

As for drawing up the areas where restrictions will be in place, Dennison said that will be up to the city’s Parks and Recreation Director Lynsey Timbrouck.

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