If you thought you could weather this horrendous storm by sitting in your underwear and ordering Seamless every few hours, you were wrong. Effective 11 PM tonight, Mayor Bill de Blasio has banned all “non-emergency vehicles” from New York City’s roadways. This, you may be surprised to learn, includes food delivery bikes.
The mayor appeared with several officials in a press conference on Monday afternoon to warn the city about he has deemed “one of the biggest storms in the history of the city.” Pix11 reports that NYC may get up to 30 inches of snow and gusts of up to 65 MPH. Conditions are expected to be treacherous for days. New York’s parks will close at 6 PM on Monday and public schools are closed Tuesday. Transportation will be limited throughout.
Upon hearing about the travel ban Monday night, one brave reporter would asked the question on everyone’s mind: What about food delivery bikes? With a scoff, the mayor responded: “A food delivery bike is not an emergency vehicle.”
Other things that are not “emergency” vehicles: your car, your skateboard, your mopehead. The idea is that “we want to discourage people from driving,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. So “As of 11, get out of the way so we can make this city safe,” says the mayor.
Indeed, life is about to get very boring for a majority of New Yorkers. Put some pants on, go to your local bodega, and then read these tips.
(Photo: Chris Ford)