New Laws On the Books for NYC's Commercial Cyclists

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 07:04 PM

(photo by Ed Yourdon via flickr)

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.

From the DOT's "commercial bicyclist safety" poster



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Comments [3]

Robert Wright

I hope, too, that the city council has thought through the potential perverse consequences. What if businesses see the over-regulation of cyclists and switch to motor vehicles instead? If the same delivery riders start taking to the streets on motorbikes or in cars, they might really start doing some damage. Mind you, once they're in cars they'll probably no longer be regarded as a problem.

Oct. 26 2012 11:40 AM
Robert Wright

As far as I know, this law was named in memory of the last person who died after being hit by a bicycle in New York City. He died in March 2009. Around 1,000 people - occupants of cars, pedestrians and cyclists - have died since then after being hit by cars. Every day as I cycle and walk around New York City, I come across vehicles driving at grossly excessive speed, driving erratically because the driver is using a cellphone or other mobile device and shooting through red lights because they're either going too fast to stop or aren't paying enough attention.

Why the city council is passing legislation to deal with a problem that, frankly, is little more than a minor irritant is beyond me.

I suggested some potential solutions in this blogpost: . Even if one doesn't agree with my ideas, however, it's pretty plain that the city council is misdirecting its energies. My only hope is that none of it is to do with latent prejudice against the Hispanics and Asians who do most of this work.

Oct. 26 2012 11:37 AM

Fine. Now please do something about the motorists who are mowing down people in the streets. The NYPD doesn't care, and most of our politicians don't even know that the City's speed limit is 30mph.

Oct. 26 2012 09:50 AM

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