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City to Crack Down on Dangerous Delivery Bikers

New rules will mandate safety courses and gear for commercial bicyclists, with the DOT taking over the job of enforcement.

City Council approved a plan Thursday that would require bicycle delivery workers to take a required safety course, paid for by their employer, according to NY1.

A second bill calls for penalties for businesses that do not provide safety gear for their delivery people, such as helmets and reflectors. Also, the New York City Department of Transportation will now have enforcement power over commercial bicyclists – previously the job of the NYPD.

For now, the Department of Transportation has only six people to enforcing the new rules. However, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told the news channel that the goal is to increase those numbers in the next few months.

"We want the days of the Wild Wild West to come to an end," City Councilman James Vacca, D-Bronx, told NY1. "We've had too many instances where people on commercial bikes have really posed a danger." 

A New York State Restaurant Association spokesman told the Associated Press that safety courses could be helpful, but adds that some of the other measures are more likely to burden businesses.

Stats October 12, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Nearly 200 people killed by motor vehicles this year alone. Zero people killed by bikes. Not one person killed by a bicycle since 2009.
Scottilla October 12, 2012 at 08:13 PM
...Which doesn't make riding on the sidewalk legal.
park place October 14, 2012 at 01:36 AM
hilarious. i'm sure all those bike delivery guys are on the books and fully disclosed.
Chicken Underwear October 14, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I wonder what kind of ID the DOT is gonna want for you to take the safety class.

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