NY Post: Hitting Bike Brakes on Delivery Biz
|HITTING BIKE BRAKE$ ON DELIVERY BIZ
September 26, 2007 -- As a way to curb bike messengers and food-delivery workers from illegally zipping along sidewalks, the city is considering legislation that would hold their employers responsible.
City Council members Jessica Lappin and Alan Gerson introduced a bill yesterday that would transfer the fines now imposed on riders - between $100 and $300 per violation - to the companies that send them on the deliveries.
So far this year in Lappin's Upper East Side district alone, police have issued 1,800 summonses for bicycle violations, 200 of which were for riding on sidewalks, according to her office.
Lappin said she had received a letter from a 9-year-old girl in her district who said, "We can't take a walk without being nervous of bicycles zooming next to us."
The bill would transfer the fines for commercial bike riders to their employers; Lappin and Gerson said this would force restaurants and messenger services to better train their workers and educate them on the city's traffic laws.