NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is getting ready to put the heat bicycle delivery riders, enforcing rules covering everything from what they wear to how and where they ride.
In their rush to deliver “in a New York minute,” commercial bicyclists can cut it close.
“I’ve gotten nearly clocked a couple of times,” one delivery cyclist told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello on Thursday.
And as CBS 2’s “bike bedlam” reports showed back in 2010, they can ride roughshod on the rules — two-wheeling on sidewalks and riding without required helmets.
After years of complaints the city is getting ready to put these riders under a bigger microscope.
The Department of Transportation has teamed up with Delivery.com to provide helmets, reflective vests, bells, and lights to 1,500 deliverymen citywide.
“Our inspection teams have gone to 3,500 businesses in Manhattan and Brooklyn and they’re soon to be making inroads in Queens and the Bronx,” said Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at a Union Square event on Thursday.