The Department of Transportation has an inspection team checking in with over 3,500 business in Manhattan and Brooklyn that regularly employ cyclists in anticipation of strict safety regulations set to go in effect in April.

Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said yesterday at a press conference that 57% of business have already begun posting new safety rules.

Last year, the City Council passed legislation requiring commercial delivery cyclists to have bells and lights on their bikes, wear helmets and reflective vests with ID numbers and their employer’s name clearly printed. The law does not require individual cyclists to be licensed with the city, yet.

It does however for the first time give DOT agents the power to issue tickets. Fines for violating the new regulations reach $250 and will be issued to the employers.

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