DOT Launches Pilot Program To Crack Down On Reckless UWS Restaurant Bicycle Deliverymen

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Photo: DNAinfo/Leslie Albrecht

Complaints about reckless bicycle deliverymen in the neighborhood are nothing new. Two years ago UWS Community Board 7 threatened to withhold sidewalk cafes and liquor licenses renewals for restaurants with particularly aggressive or unsafe deliverymen.

Last week the Department of Transportation announced a pilot program for the Upper West Side where inspectors will visit restaurants and “educate employers and bike deliverymen about safety regulations.”

DNAinfo has the full story. The six-month program will cover “education and inspection.”

UWS City Councilwoman Gale Brewer, who helped push for the program, has bigger plans for the future in terms of cracking down. Per DNA:

Brewer said she hopes to pass legislation this fall that changes some of the rules around fines for bike delivery people and other regulations. Currently, the biker is fined for riding illegally, not his or her employer.

On a related note, NYT recently had a great feature on a day-in-the-life of a Chinese food deliveryman — it’s definitely worth a look.

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