Bronx residents are the first New Yorkers to enjoy the benefits of the pilot e-scooter program but at the same time Bronx roads are among the most dangerous for cyclists and scooter riders. E-scooters and e-bikes have been legal in New York City since the beginning of last year but so far there was no e-scooter share program in the city. E-scooters have been a very controversial subject in New York City. While they can be an excellent and sustainable mode of transportation for neighborhoods that are not well served by public transportation, they can be dangerous for users and for pedestrians alike.
After long discussions and negotiations, the city finally agreed to launch a pilot program in the Bronx, and since Tuesday 3000 e-scooters are available to East Bronx residents. The pilot will go on for a year and then, the city will decide to expand it or not.