Delivery bicyclists want to get you your food fast, because you demand speedy sustenance. But in the process a lot of them are breaking the law by riding in the wrong direction down the street, not wearing proper gear, or otherwise endangering pedestrians.
The NYPD doesn’t really enforce the rules, so some politicians are trying to find other ways to crack down.
City Councilwoman Gale Brewer and Councilman James Vacca are now trying to pass laws that empower inspectors for the city Department of Transportation to issue civil penalties against businesses that don’t educate their riders about bike safety. The DOT is also planning to enforce criminal penalties against businesses. The civil penalties are important because prosecutors often don’t feel like spending their time on small infractions. Civil violations would result in $100 fines.
Here are some of the rules businesses should be following:
“Currently, business owners who employ commercial cyclists are required to post signage informing their cyclists of the rules of the road. They are also required to provide their cyclists with apparel containing the name and phone number of the business and the cyclist’s unique identification number. In addition, owners are required to equip their cyclists with protective headgear and lights and bells for their bicycles.”
In fact, the city code has even more rules that we covered in a previous column. The DOT has already been going around to businesses on the Upper West Side to remind them of these rules.
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Photo by Malcolm Carter.