New York City Council holds hearing on e-bikes and fire safety


NEW YORK — New York City Council to hold a hearing on e-bikes and battery safety on Monday after recent fires, including one that dozens injured in an apartment building in Midtown and one more thing killed a little girl in Queens.

The fires are prime examples of why fire safety advocates support the proposed law changes, TBEN’s Elijah Westbrook reported.

At 10 a.m., the city council is expected to discuss the new legislation aimed at educating users of e-bikes and e-scooters about how dangerous the devices can be – especially when it comes to improperly storing and charging them.

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Videos from the FDNY show the horrific consequences.

Forty-three residents of an East Side apartment building were injured in a fire on November 5. Researchers found that at least five e-bikes, both indoors and out, caught fire.

“We believe the resident was repairing bicycles in the building,” FDNY fire chief Dan Flynn said.

In Septemberan 8-year-old girl died in a fire in Queens after an e-scooter battery ignited.

According to the latest figures from the FDNY, as of Nov. 7, there were 188 investigations, 139 injuries and six deaths from e-bike or e-scooter fires this year. Last year there were 104 investigations, 79 injured and four dead.

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Some apartment buildings in the city are banning e-bikes and e-scooters, which some say isn’t fair. Many users are food deliverers who rely heavily on them, they said.

“I think the approach to ban is the wrong way,” said Hildalyn Colon Hernandez, an organizer at Los Deliveristas Unidos.

Some believe the government should address dysfunctional batteries and keep track of who sells them. Reports indicate that many of the fires are caused by refurbished batteries or batteries that are not compatible with the charger used.

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“Instead of proposing alternatives, how we can do this better and safer and get people to come forward, I think the ban just takes us back in a completely different direction,” Hernandez said.

A coalition of residents, delivery drivers and fire safety advocates are expected to speak at the hearing about the risks of e-bikes and e-scooters.