March 21, 2012 By Christian Murray
An electric-bike store is opening at 41-27 Queens Blvd., the former location of the Mobile Wireless store.
The store to be called New York City E-Bike is expected to be open soon, with the owner about to change the sign, paint the interior and set up a cash register.
E-Bikes, which can reach high speeds approaching 30mphs, were made illegal in New York City in 2004.
Last month, Upper East Side councilwoman Jessica Lappin told reporters that she wants to double the fine for E-bike riders from $500 to $1,000. She said: “They are a nightmare for pedestrians,” adding, “My office receives constant complaints about them riding on the sidewalks, traveling opposite traffic, running red lights, just being reckless and dangerous.”
The bikes are often used by food deliverymen.