New York City is putting the heat on rogue delivery bicyclists, who have been shirking the new commercial cycling rules — issuing nearly 3,000 violations in less than four months, authorities said.
The legislation went into effect at the end of April and since then the Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued nearly US$300,000 in violations to city businesses.
The new guidelines require delivery people to wear reflective vests and helmets, and to have their bikes outfitted with a red taillight, white headlight and a bell. Bikes also need to have a sign displaying the restaurant’s name.
The first violation is a US$100 summons, and repeat offenders face US$250 fines.
DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said that safety could not be compromised so that deliveries could be made faster.
“Cutting corners on safety just to make faster bike deliveries shortchanges every New Yorker,” Sadik-Khan said.