Because of crowded New York streets, courier services and businesses that send important documents to other businesses and government agencies employ commercial cyclists to deliver information. Commercial cyclists have unique bicycle laws to follow, as well as laws that pertain to all cyclists.

New York City laws exclusive to cyclists

Working cyclists must wear employer identification information on both the bike and body. Businesses must provide commercial cyclists with Snell or A.N.S.I. approved bicycle helmets and the cyclists must wear the helmets at all times. New York City issues commercial cyclist identification cards that include worker name, address, and phone number. Working cyclists must carry and produce the identification cards on demand. Businesses that employ commercial cyclists must keep a log book that tracks worker employment records. The book details commercial cyclist daily trips, including the point of origin and destination of each delivery. Per New York City law, business owners must file annual reports to the New York Police Department that lists the number of bicycles owned and ID numbers of each bicycle.

Commercial cyclists must follow every equipment requirement laws mandated in VTL 1236. This means working cyclists must have white headlights, red taillights, and reflectors that fully operate between sunset and sunrise. Working cyclists must attach a bell or other type of audio signal to alert pedestrians and other cyclists. New York City mandates commercial cyclists must pass safety inspections that include verification of working tires and brakes.

Important NYC bicycles laws for everyone

Commercial cyclists must follow every law that applies to recreational cyclists. They can ride on either side of one-way streets that span at least 40 feet wide. Working cyclists must stay in designated bike lanes and the amount of fines for violating this important law sit near the top of the fine cost list. When there is not a designated bike lane, commercial cyclists must ride hugging the right hand curb. Any cyclist caught riding on a New York City sidewalk can expect law enforcement to confiscate the bike.

If you have been injured while on a bicycle, then you may be entitled to compensation for injuries. A court and insurance company may award you monetary compensation for pain and suffering, past and future, lost wages, and medical expenses. Jayson Lutzky is a New York attorney who offers free in-person consultations. If you have been seriously injured, then home and hospital visits are available. Call 718-514-6619 to set up an appointment or visit to learn more about Mr Lutzky.