Bicyclists to Receive Additional Enforcement from Law Enforcment and DOT - Brooklynian

Bicyclists to Receive Additional Enforcement from Law Enforcment and DOT

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan , along with Council Members Gale Brewer, Jessica Lappin, Dan Garodnick and Council Transportation Committee Chairman James Vacca, today announced that DOT is expanding its safety efforts with New York's largest commercial cycling education and safety campaign to make New York City's historically safe streets even safer.

DOT on Monday will activate the City's first-ever commercial cyclist outreach and enforcement unit, a six-person team of DOT inspectors who will go door-to-door on the Upper West Side providing information to hundreds of restaurants and other businesses that employ cyclists on their existing legal requirements to provide safety information and safe equipment to their delivery workers-including helmets, identifying apparel and ID numbers.

After six months, businesses that fail to comply with the commercial cycling laws may receive a violation from DOT resulting in a fine ranging from $100 to $300. NYPD will continue its ongoing enforcement against individual cyclists who ride on the sidewalk or against traffic, who disobey signs and signals or who do not wear a helmet, among other infractions, having given out 14,392 violations last year to cyclists-up from 3,874 in 2010.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pr2012/pr12_38.shtml

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