New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for stricter regulation of electric scooters and bikes after actress Lisa Banes died on Monday.
A scooter or motorbike struck Banes as she was crossing a street on June 4. The “Gone Girl” actress died at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital on Monday, a spokesperson for the police department said.
De Blasio told a press briefing on Tuesday that New Yorkers expressed concern that the city “is going to see more and more crowded streets, increasingly crowded bike lanes, different types of vehicles circulating in different types of speed “and that is” is going to be difficult for pedestrians.
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He noted that in January 2020, New York State had legalized the use of electric scooters and bikes. New York City then legalized the private use of electric scooters and e-bikes in June 2020 and launched an electric scooter pilot project in the Bronx in April 2020 with electric scooter companies Bird, Lime and VeoRide.
The mayor of New York said the Big Apple was “in the process of continuing to develop these regulations.”
“It will always be a combination of regulation, education, enforcement and very important effort to get these parts right to protect everyone,” he said. “And if for some reason we need new laws or different regulations, we have to keep doing it, but it’s a tough situation. It’s the busiest place… certainly in the country, and we let’s launch these new elements, and we have to be really smart about it. “
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He reiterated the message that “education, enforcement and further refinement of regulations” will help solve the problem.
A representative for Banes confirmed the actress’ death to Fox News in a statement on Monday.
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“We are heartbroken by the tragic and senseless death of Lisa. She was a woman of great spirit, kindness and generosity and dedicated to her work, whether on stage or in front of a camera and more to his wife. , his family and friends. We were fortunate to have him in our lives, “said Banes rep David Williams.
Williams previously shared that Banes was hit as she was crossing Amsterdam Avenue on her way to Juilliard School, her alma mater. She was taken to a local hospital where she was listed “in critical condition”.
Melissa Roberto of Fox News contributed to this report.
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