Electric scooters and e-bikes have been spotted running red lights, going against traffic and narrowly missing pedestrians in New York City as Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes became the latest casualty to be struck down and killed by someone on a scooter.
DailyMail.com observed a number of people on e-scooters and e-bikes across Manhattan this week, including dozens running red lights at high speed.
Others were spotted driving electric scooters and bikes the wrong way down streets, swerving into incoming traffic and narrowly missing pedestrians crossing at traffic lights.
Some also illegally rode their electric scooters and e-bikes along sidewalks.
A number of people were even seen running red lights at the same intersection in the Upper West Side where Banes was struck down 10 days ago by a hit-and-run scooter rider.
DailyMail.com observed a number of people on e-scooters and e-bikes across Manhattan this week, including those swerving into incoming traffic and narrowly missing pedestrians crossing at traffic lights (pictured above)
Others were spotted driving electric scooters and bikes the wrong way down streets and bike lanes
This person on an electric scooter was spotted traveling the wrong way down a one way street before swerving out of the bike lane and into traffic in Midtown Manhattan
The 65-year-old actress died in hospital on Monday after she suffered catastrophic head injuries when she was struck down.
Witnesses say the person riding the scooter ran a red light and then fled after crashing into Banes, who was walking to meet her wife at a dinner party at the time.
In the wake of Banes’ death, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday called for tougher regulations on e-scooters. Local community boards have also been voting to ban electric bikes following a series of crashes and near-misses.
Banes is just the latest pedestrian death across the city related to electric bike or scooter crashes.
Real estate broker Kelly Killian, 54, was killed after she was struck by a deliveryman on an e-bike in Astoria, Queens on May 28.
Hing Chung, 71, died just days after he was struck by an e-bike and suffered head trauma on April 17 in the Upper West Side.
Following Chung’s death, the Community Board 7 – which encompasses the Upper West Side – has been trying to ban e-bikes from traveling in designated bike lanes and calling for greater enforcement of road rules for these riders.
Electric scooters, which were legalized in NYC last April, are allowed to travel 15 MPH.
This man on an electric scooter was closely followed by an e-bike cyclist as they both ran red lights along Ninth Avenue in Manhattan’s Midtown area
This cyclist was spotted on an electric bike cycling the wrong way down a one-way street in Midtown Manhattan
A cyclist on an electric bike was spotted riding the wrong way down the street in the Upper West Side close to where Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes was struck down and later died of her injuries
A female cyclist on a Citibike had to swerve out of the way when a cyclist on an electric bike rode the wrong way in the bike land in Midtown
E-bikes are classified as regular bicycles in the city but can operate at speeds of up to 25 MPH, which is the same speed as cars in some areas.
In calling for tougher regulations, de Blasio blamed the state for legalizing e-scooters last year.
De Blasio, who described Banes’ death as ‘horrible’ and a ‘tragedy’, did not offer specifics when he said the answer to cracking down on e-bike and e-scooter related accidents was ‘regulation, education and enforcement.’
New York state legalized the use of electric bicycles and scooters across the state last January but shared app-based scooter programs remain banned in Manhattan.
Last June, New York City Council then approved several bills legalizing the private use of electric scooters and bicycles across the five boroughs. It also announced this April that shared e-scooter companies Bird, Lime, and VeoRide had been selected to take part in a pilot this summer in the Bronx.
Revel-style scooters, which are motorized, are exempt from the Manhattan ban because they are classed as motorcycles or mopeds.
These bikes were temporarily banned last year following a string of rider deaths before being reinstated following negotiations with the city and a series of changes being implemented.
Some people on electric scooters were spotted illegally riding on the sidewalk in the Upper West Side
Cyclists are pictured riding both ways on electric bikes despite it being a one way street on the Upper West Side
An e-bike rider is pictured above cycling the wrong way towards two cyclists on CitiBikes on the Upper West Side
This scooter rider was spotted running a red light in Chelsea before narrowly avoiding the pedestrian crossing the street
De Blasio pointed to the state’s lifting of the ban on electric bikes and scooters when asked about Banes’ death and the city’s role in regulating the vehicles.
‘[With] e-bikes and scooters I always offered what I thought was a common sense grassroots view that I heard from so many New Yorkers at town hall meetings,’ he said, listing safety concerns raised such as ‘that we were going to see more and more crowded streets, more and more crowded bike lanes.’
‘These are real types of issues,’ he said.
‘So the state made the decision to legalize the bikes and e-scooters,’ he said.
‘We’re in the process of working out those regulations.
‘It’s always going to be a process of regulation, education, enforcement and pushing really hard to get these pieces right to keep everyone safe.’
He didn’t detail what types of specific regulations he was suggesting.
De Blasio said it was a ‘tough situation’ but if new laws or regulations are needed, they will be introduced.
Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes died in hospital on Monday after she suffered catastrophic head injuries when she was struck down by a person on a scooter in the Upper West Side on June 4 Witnesses say the person riding the scooter ran a red light and then fled after crashing into Banes, who was walking to meet her wife at a dinner party at the time
Witnesses say the person riding the scooter ran a red light and then fled after crashing into Banes (right), who was walking to meet her wife Kathryn Kranhold (left) at a dinner party at the time
Banes starred with Ben Affleck in Gone Girl playing Marybeth Elliott
‘It’s the most crowded place on earth or in the country at least and we’re throwing these new elements in so we have to be smart about it,’ he said.
‘I think the answer is education, enforcement and continuing to refine the regulations to get everything right.’
The mayor pointed to the city’s wrangling with Revel in the past.
‘We had a situation as you mentioned with Revel, we shut them down and said we need to see much clearer safety measures in place. Changes were made,’ he said. ‘But this is something we continue to monitor closely and something we need to keep working on.
‘I’m very troubled when people go against traffic and create danger for themselves and others.
‘So we are going to keep refining how we regulate, how we enforce but again anytime we believe a particular company is not acting in a way that is safe for New Yorkers we also maintain the option to shut them down and that is something we’re going to continue to look at.’