Beginning in April, businesses will be responsible for providing the cyclist with required safety equipment, and a unique three-digit identification number for each cyclist.
The number will be printed on the back of upper body apparel, along with the name of the business. Speaking at a Community Board 6 committee meeting in Brooklyn last week, Chris Hornes of DOT said that the vests will most likely have to be reflective, like those used on construction sites.
Employers will also have to provide a bicycle with a bell or audio device, white front light and red tail light, reflectors and working brakes.
DOT will be responsible for enforcing the new codes, however, if a NYPD officer were to see a rider breaking the law they would be able to ticket the rider, although not the business.
For instance, if a resident were to call 311 and complain about a commercial bike rider and give the cyclist’s identification number and place of employment, DOT would then investigate and issue a summons to the business owner if necessary.
One community member asked if DOT would be able to fully enforce the new regulations, to which Hrones replied, “it’s brand new program, let’s see how it goes.”
The new regulations will not apply to electric bicycles, which have become incredibly popular recently in the city, because electric bicycles are already technically illegal.
To help educate the businesses about the new laws, the DOT is hosting a series of forums. The next forum will by on February 21 at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 421 5th Avenue.
“The forums will go into much greater detail than just visiting the DOT website,” said Hrones.