Council Passes Bike Delivery Crackdown

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The City Council voted today to approve a crackdown on rogue commercial cyclist.

The plan would require bikers to take a safety course and includes fines of $100 or more for businesses that don’t provide their riders with helmets, headlights and bells.

Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign the measures.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn and colleagues say their constituents have had it with delivery bikes weaving down sidewalks, speeding through red lights and otherwise riding wild.

A New York State Restaurant Association spokesman says safety courses could be helpful. But he says some of the other measures are more likely to burden businesses than protect pedestrians.

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