2013-02-06 / Front Page

City Readies Crackdown On Delivery Cyclists

By Liz Goff

A team of city inspectors hit the streets recently, visiting owners of restaurants and other businesses that employ cyclists to make deliveries to warn them to prepare for tough, new rules that become effective in April.

A team of six Department of Transportation (DOT) inspectors has visited 3,530 businesses that provide bicycle deliveries to advise owners of new rules that require the bikers to wear helmets, a light-reflecting vest and an employee ID number next to the name of their employer.

The inspectors have so far determined that 57 per cent of the businesses have posted mandated cycling-safety posters that warn cyclists to stay off sidewalks, yield to pedestrians and use bike lanes where available.

DOT officials are urging the public to call 311 when they see a commercial cyclist ignoring the new rules – after they go into effect in April - to report the incident by using the employer ID number.

Inspectors will respond to the complaints and issue fines of up to $250 to any business found in violation of the rules, authorities said.

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