About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen is an award-winning journalist covering environmental policy for the Explorer since January 2020. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website. She is a current member of the Legislative Correspondents Association of New York. Gwen has worked at various news outlets since 2015. Prior to moving to upstate New York, she worked for a D.C. Metro-area public relations firm, producing digital content for clients including the World Health Organization, the Low Income Investment Fund and Rights and Resources Initiative. She has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has bachelor's degrees in English and journalism, with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology, from the University of Connecticut. Gwen is also a part-time figure skating coach. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or gwen@adirondackexplorer.org. Sign up for Gwen’s newsletter here.

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  1. Tuk says

    I’m pulled over in long island and being given tickets since it does not have pedals. Nassau county garden city

  2. jay says

    I’m wondering why is the cops stopping and taking the electric bikes… I don’t see any new law that we need a plate registered or have insurance… so whats going on..

  3. Bob C. says

    As a mountain biker of 30+ years, and one who will likely require a Class I pedal assist bike to keep riding long into retirement, I feel NYS needs to make a clear distinction at trailheads between pedal assist (no throttle) bicycles and e-motos (Sur Ron’s, Talaria’s, etc.).

    The latter group is skirting the law where their e-motos “magically” become pedal bikes because they bolted on a $300 pedal kit that will never be used. These motocross bikes just happen to be more stealthy than your average 2-stroke or 4-stroke, and are a menace since despite being able to keep up with, and pass vehicular traffic with the twist of a throttle, do not require NYS registration or plates. The pedal rule is easily skirted. By the law, a Sur Ron with a pedal kit would be allowed on the rail trail. This e-moto is capable of 47mph from the factory (before mods).

    One only needs to watch the self-incriminating YouTube channels to learn owner’s “better to claim ignorance” group think.

    The e-moto industry is basically introducing a whole new group of trail users to the woods who haven’t had to learn responsible use, get along with other trail users, or God forbid…attend a trail maintenance day. These e-motos need to be classified as ATVs and restricted to private property or land designated for ATV use.

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