NYC Aims to Quell Delivery Bikes' Wild Rides

The measures include fines of $100 or more for businesses that don't provide their riders with helmets, headlights and bells

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012  |  Updated 5:33 PM EDT
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NYC Aims to Quell Delivery Bikes' Wild Rides

The bicyclists who bring New Yorkers everything from dinner to documents would have to take a safety course under a plan that has passed the City Council.

The council voted Thursday to OK that proposal and others designed to crack down on errant commercial cycling. The measures include fines of $100 or more for businesses that don't provide their riders with helmets, headlights and bells.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign the measures.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn and colleagues say their constituents have had it with delivery bikes weaving down sidewalks, speeding through red lights and otherwise riding wild.

A New York State Restaurant Association spokesman says safety courses could be helpful. But he says some of the other measures are more likely to burden businesses than protect pedestrians.

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