Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
New Laws On the Books for NYC's Commercial Cyclists
Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 07:04 PM
Mayor Bloomberg has signed off on a package of legislation designed to regulate the behavior of commercial cyclists.
The laws create civil penalties for businesses whose bicyclists fail to adhere to rules already on the books, like wearing reflective vests and helmets. It also requires commercial cyclists to complete a safety course, and revises the identification requirements for cyclists.
The New York City Council overwhelmingly passed the legislation earlier this month. The New York City Department of Transportation is currently going door-to-door to commercial businesses to make sure they understand the new requirements.
Starting in January, the DOT will begin issuing fines to businesses whose cyclists fail to comply with the new laws.