Q: Most of us know what vehicles, trucks, and bikes are. That is, motor autos which run on the streets, need registration, insurance policies, helmets for motorcycles, and licensure for driver/riders.

But currently we are in the era of electrical, normally two-wheel cars, and I’m confused. Are electric powered, but in any other case traditional, bicycles “motor vehicles?”

 How about electric powered scooters that appear like motor scooters (imagine Vespa)? Are they motor automobiles? Really should they be registered, and helmets worn? Or can folks trip them on the sidewalks?

 And what about 3 and 4 wheel “mobility scooters,” like Hoveround? Are they in essence electricity wheelchairs, like non-driven wheelchairs, utilised on sidewalks? And (what about) these enhanced mobility scooters which can have windshields and fairings and might be employed on streets?

— J. Michael Malec, Albany

A: Electrical bicycles with two pedals are categorised as bicycles, in accordance to Lt. Robert Donnelly of the Colonie Law enforcement Section, site visitors security division. Electric bicycles with one particular pedal, which have a more powerful motor, are thought of confined use motorcycles. Neither ought to be ridden on the sidewalk.


Vespas and other motor scooters are regarded motorcycles, and right basic safety machines should really be worn. Mobility automobiles ought to continue to be on the sidewalks, not on the roads, Donnelly explained.

The point out Division of Motor Vehicles demands specified types of “mopeds” to be registered. All need to be pushed in the roadway. “New York legislation defines restricted use motorcycles, which are frequently called ‘mopeds’ or ‘motor scooters’,  as ‘limited use autos with two or a few wheels,'” it states on the DMV website.

Speaking of motorcycles, the DMV is reminding motorcyclists to renew their registrations prior to they expire on April 30. Motorcycles are registered for a yr, and all registrations expire April 30. The renewal can be completed on the internet.

If your registration has been expired for a lot more than a year or the motorcycle has not been inspected in the past year, you need to have to re-sign up it at a DMV business or by mail.

As of 2018 (the most recent calendar year out there), there had been 7,159 motorcycles registered in Albany County, 5,590 registered in Rensselaer County, 9,052 registered in Saratoga County and 4,945 registered in Schenectady County. 

Madison Avenue, Albany: Albany Drinking water Section operate in the vicinity of the intersection of Lark Avenue, Madison Avenue and Delaware Avenue is scheduled to close Friday. Repair get the job done is getting spot from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. this 7 days, and design staff will direct visitors for the duration of do the job hrs. 

Parking is restricted on both equally sides of Lark Street from 302 Lark St. to Dana Avenue and on both equally sides of Dana Avenue from Delaware Avenue to Lark Avenue. 

Johnston Highway, Guilderland: About 50 ft of Johnston Street just south of Windsor Court docket in Guilderland will be closed to visitors this 7 days for construction. A signed 9-mile detour has been founded working with Western Avenue, Point out Farm Street and Normanskill Highway. 

Bloomingrove Travel and Wintertime Street Extension, North Greenbush: The intersection of Winter Street Extension (County Route 74) and Bloomingrove Drive (County Route 65) in North Greenbush has turn out to be a 4-way stop, Rensselaer County declared. The improve follows a review by the county highway section, condition Division of Transportation and city of North Greenbush and is envisioned to make improvements to security. Cease signs are on Bloomingrove Street.



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