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New rules on bike delivery

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 10:30 am

A series of new city laws meant to crack down on rogue bicycle delivery people and improve street safety took effect last week.

One law requires commercial bicyclists to wear reflective clothing such as jackets or vests, with the name of the business they work for and an individual identification number printed on the back.

“Not only does this piece of legislation improve the safety for our city’s commercial cyclists by making them more visible but it also helps decrease the chances of an accident occurring with a pedestrian or vehicle,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who authored the measure, said in a prepared statement.

The businesses cyclists work for are required to provide the reflective clothing. Failure to do so could result in a $100 fine, or $250 for a second offense within 30 days.

Other elements of the new laws include mandatory safety training for all commercial cyclists and the keeping of records at each business showing that it has been completed.

Both the Police and Transportation departments are authorized to enforce the new regulations.

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