An increase in the number of motorized bikes and scooters have prompted Walden Village Trustees to take notice.
“I don’t think they belong on sidewalks,” said Trustee Cheryly Baker. “I can see if it’s a mobility device for someone who is disabled. I was wondering if it was more safe to have them just on the roads with white lines.”
Trustee Brian Sebring agreed. He also expressed concern that bicyclists need to be able to warn people ahead of them on the rail trail when they come up from behind.
“Knee pads I think would be a good requirement,” Sebring said “If you do jump off, you know you’re going to go on your knees.”
State law defines three classes of motorized bicycles:
Class 1 bikes are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph.
Class 2 bikes also have a maximum speed of 20 mph, but are throttle-assisted.
Class 3 bikes pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph.
Trustees are considering adopting regulations for them, but Deputy Mayor Willie Carley is concerned about how to enforce any laws pertaining to bikes.
“To what degree do we really want to put some teeth behind it?” Carley asked. “My thing is enforcement. Are we really going to confiscate the bike?”
Mayor John Ramos said he has seen many serious injuries sustained on motorized bikes during his days in law enforcement.
“We have Route 208 and 52, very heavily traveled roadways,” Ramos said. “Even our village streets are heavily traveled. "
He added that some village streets have 25 mph speed limits, and some bikes are capable of exceeding that speed limit.
Village Manager John Revella suggested looking into regulations passed in other municipalities. Tarrytown is one such municipality.
Trustees agreed to continue the conversation.