New York City landlords ban e-bikes inside buildings — is this the new norm?

After numerous fires, e-bike-related injuries and even deaths, NYC landlords are banning e-bikes on their properties

A storage unit containing at least one hundred E-Bikes at a Stop & Stor Self Storage Facility caught fire and sparked a three alarm blaze at 534 63rd Street in Brooklyn on Sunday October 22, 2023. 1258. (Photo by Theodore Parisienne for NY Daily News via Getty Images)
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E-bikes have been taking the bike industry by storm in the last few years and is in itself an industry valued at nearly two billion dollars. However, these lithium-ion battery-powered bikes aren’t all rainbows and unicorns. 

Some e-bikes have caused bodily harm due to alleged malfunctioning parts, while others’ batteries have combusted, resulting in property-destroying fires, injury and death

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Kristin Jenny is an elite triathlete based near Boulder, Colorado. Although most of her time is spent in aerobars somewhere in the mountains, she finds time to enjoy eating decadent desserts, hiking with her husband and dog, and a good true crime podcast.