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City May Hike Fines for Sidewalk Biking

Legislation is going through City Council to raise the current fine of $100.

Ever been minding your own business on the sidewalk, when seemingly out of nowhere, a food delivery person almost runs you down with their bike? That could change, when City Council approves legislation to hike the current fine for biking on the sidewalk.

The city plans to crack down on cyclists – especially messengers and delivery people – who illegally ride on sidewalks, boosting the current $100 fine to more, says the New York Daily News.

City Council is working on legislation that would allow Department of Transportation enforcement officers to ticket sidewalk riders, says the article, but also plans to reach out to businesses that employ commercial bicyclists, to educate them about the current rules.

“A lot of the problem has to do with commercial sector,” said Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan before the Council, according to the article. “Everyone wants their food delivered really fast and they don’t want to wait 10 minutes more for it.”

Councilman James Vacca, D-East Bronx, (and chairman of the Council’s Transportation Committee) demanded “civil and criminal penalties,” though the punishment has not yet been decided.

Scottilla May 31, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Has anyone ever paid the $100? You'd never know it in some neighborhoods. What good would raising it be if nobody ever paid the old fine? And by the way, I'll use the bike lanes as soon as the pedestrians and double parked cars get out of them.
Larry May 31, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Existing laws need to be strictly enforced. It would enrich the city's coffers if drivers who did not signal turns were ticketed. (Why is it that in NYC people don't use their turn signals?)
Peter May 31, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Want effectiveness? Go after delivery guys, and send the tickets to their employers. The employers create a system where the delivery guys believe they have to break the law to keep their jobs, yet the employers don't feel any pain when their guys are busted.
Dios Thunders July 22, 2012 at 01:15 PM
people who always use food take out delivery service will have to learn to cook or at least shop and nuke frozen dinners! Some one asked why dont people in NYC use turn signals , well many drivers make there own rules these days or use the ones from wherever they came from before coming here so its a lot of out of towners not born and breed people doing it, I know I got hit by an out of towner with there van on flatbush and glenwood changing buses a small two lane little off street when a manic came flying from around a corner oblivious to any laws or people
Voter July 23, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Meanwhile, drivers can keep killing people without much fear of punishment from the law. http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/07/18/dwai-unlicensed-hit-and-run-killer-not-charged-for-death-of-harlem-man/ Our City Council's priorities are messed up. Vacca's especially.

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