Workshop for Law Enforcement Addresses Electric Bicycle and Scooter Use

Electric bicycles and scooters have grown in popularity and can offer an affordable transportation option. With speeds varying between 20-28 mph, these devices can often travel as fast as other vehicles on the road. So, how can municipalities and local law enforcement balance mobility and safety? This was the focus of an “E-Mobility Insights for Law Enforcement” workshop hosted on February 6, 2024 by goHunterdon. 

Law enforcement officers from Delaware Township, Flemington Borough, Frenchtown Borough, High Bridge Borough, Holland Township, City of Lambertville, Lebanon Township, Raritan Township, Readington Township heard from Mike Rizol, Director, New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, about New Jersey’s current laws regulating the use of electric bicycles and scooters, including licensing and registration requirements, safety measures, and best practices for community engagement around the use of the popular vehicles.

“As low-speed electric bicycles, electric scooters, and other forms of micromobility become more popular, it’s important for law enforcement officers to have the necessary knowledge to enforce traffic laws and investigate incidents involving these types of vehicles. By understanding these laws, we can protect the safety of riders, motorists, and pedestrians,” says Director Rizol.

The session also featured a display of electric bikes and electric scooters courtesy of Clinton Rides, Clinton; Easton E-Bikes, Lebanon; and V5 Cycles, Flemington. Staff from the bike shops answered questions from attendees and provided valuable information about operation of the various mobility devices.