Over A Hundred Delivery Bike Riders Trained on Safety on Upper East Side by Council Member Kallos and Department of Transportation

04/08/2016
Free Safety Vests, Lights and Bells Distributed to Hundreds Who Participated in Ninety Minute Safety Training in English, Spanish and Chinese
New York, NY – Last night, over one hundred fast food delivery bike workers joined Council Member Ben Kallos for training by the Department of Transportation in English, Spanish and Chinese on traffic rules and bike safety.
“All of us on the East Side order delivery and I want to thank you on my own behalf and on behalf of my constituents for bringing us dinner every night,” said Council Member Ben Kallos to a crowd of over one hundred delivery bike workers that was translated into Spanish and Chinese. “Please take your time, obey traffic laws, and wear safety vests so that residents know which restaurants have good drivers and which restaurants don’t. Starting soon doorman buildings may stop accepting deliveries from people without safety vests.”
 
Since 2014 when Council Member Ben Kallos launched the Bike Safety Program that distributes:
  • Safety materials and safety equipment such as bells, lights, vests and helmets;
  • Trains cyclists on safe practices and traffic laws in locations such as schools, parks and bike stores, and even in the Council Member’s District Office; and
  • Increased enforcement by the New York Police Department against unsafe cyclist behavior.
Program partners include Department of Transportation, the New York Police Department’s Traffic Unit, Auxiliary and 19th Precinct, Citi Bike, and Bike New York.
 
Positive results have been achieved with NYPD’s 19th precinct stepping up enforcement by 52%. Last year’s results were 18% fewer bike and vehicle collisions and 15% fewer bike and pedestrian collisions.