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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to issue rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter. The rules that DOT amends are contained within Chapters 3 and 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to its Traffic Rules.

Local Law 91 of 2017 amends sections 10-157 and 10-157.1 of the New York City Administrative Code (the “Admin. Code”) regarding bicycles used for commercial purposes. Based on these recent amendments, the following changes are made to the Traffic Rules.

Section 4-12(p)(4)(i) is amended by adding a new definition of “bicycle operator” and revising the definition of “business using a bicycle for commercial purposes”.

Section 4-12(p)(4)(ii) is amended by deleting the bicycle safety poster posting requirements in subparagraph (ii) and adding new registration requirements for a business using a bicycle for commercial purposes that does not have a site within the city that is open and available to the public.

Section 4-12(p)(4)(iii) – (vi) is amended by revising the requirements for the bicycle safety poster.

Section 3-01 is amended by adding a new penalty to the Penalty Schedule.

This rulemaking also includes plain language and other minor changes to Section 4-01 (“Words and phrases defined”) identified during the retrospective rules review conducted by the Mayor’s Office of Operations with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, and the Office of Management and Budget.

Based on DOT’s final review of the aforementioned amendments, the new penalty set forth in Section 3-01 (for failure to register a business using a bicycle for commercial purposes with the Department) has been changed from $250 to $100 to be consistent with the penalty requirements of Section 10-157(g) of the Admin. Code.

Effective Date: 
Sat, 08/25/2018

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to issue rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter.  The rules that DOT amends are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to its “Traffic Rules.”


This rule clarifies that a bicycle sharing system must not be operated in New York City without the DOT’s prior written authorization.  Specifically, the amendments to the Traffic Rules are as follows:


•Section 4-01 is amended by adding new definitions for “bicycle sharing system”, “person” and “public highway”.  



•Section 4-12(p)(6) is amended by adding a new paragraph that establishes the specific rule that prohibits operating a bicycle sharing system in New York City without the prior written authorization of the Department.

 
Effective Date: 
Thu, 08/16/2018

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City by Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter. The rules that DOT is amending are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to the “Traffic Rules and Regulations.”
The purpose of this rule amendment is to clarify that pedal-assist bicycles meeting the requirements of these rules are legal to operate in New York City. This rule will recognize that pedal-assist bicycles are permissible, whereas throttle e-bikes, may not be legally operated on public highways, which include streets, under State and city law. Specifically, the amendments to the Traffic Rules are as follows:

• Section 4-01 adds a new definition for “pedal-assist bicycle” and clarifies the definition of “bicycle” to include pedal-assist bicycles. It should be noted that DOT does not interpret section 19-176.2 of the New York City Administrative Code to prohibit pedal-assist bicycles as defined herein.

• Section 4-12(p)(5) is a new paragraph that establishes the specific rules that apply to pedal-assist bicycles.

In response to the volume of comments received by DOT relating to the conversion, retrofitting, and labeling of pedal-assist bicycles, DOT will work with manufacturers to facilitate appropriate aftermarket compliance and will supplement or amend these rules in the future to further address these issues, where appropriate.
The following changes have been made to the proposed rule, which are reflected in the adopted rules:
• Clarify the definition of “pedal-assist bicycle” and remove the label requirement from the definition.
• Revise the label requirement to provide some flexibility so that the label could be placed on the electric motor of the pedal-assist bicycle or elsewhere on the bicycle.
• Revise the label requirement so that the original label could be provided by the manufacturer of the bicycle and/or the manufacturer of the electric motor.
• Add “motor-assisted” to the reference relating to maximum speed of a pedal-assist bicycle.

Effective Date: 
Sat, 07/28/2018

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, July 2, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to issue rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter. The rules that DOT is seeking to amend are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to its “Traffic Rules.”

This proposed rule would clarify that a bicycle sharing system must not be operated in New York City without the DOT’s prior written authorization. Specifically, the amendments to the Traffic Rules being proposed are as follows:

• Section 4-01 would be amended by adding new definitions for “bicycle sharing system”, “person” and “public highway”.

• Section 4-12(p)(6) would be amended by adding a new paragraph that establishes the specific rule that prohibits operating a bicycle sharing system in New York City without the prior written authorization of the Department.

Subject: 

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Location: 
DOT Bid Room
55 Water Street, Concourse Level Entrance is located on the SE corner of 55 Water St facing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

No contact

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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:31)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to issue rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter.  The rules that DOT is seeking to amend are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to its “Traffic Rules.”

 

On April 3, 2018, Mayor de Blasio announced that the City will sanction low-speed pedal-assist bicycles that operate with the assistance of human power, specifying the exact type of permissible equipment. E-bikes possessing throttle capacity, or any capacity to operate without human power, remain illegal under State and local law.

 

In its announcement, the City outlined the following benefits of pedal-assist bicycles:

 

Increased Cycling Options for Delivery Workers and Commuters: This proposed rule will help meet the City’s goals of doubling the number of active cyclists by 2020.  In addition to creating more ways to get around in neighborhoods and areas underserved by transit, the proposed rule will be helpful for those considering new commuting options during the closure of the L train tunnel starting in April 2019. The Williamsburg Bridge currently has over 7,000 daily bicycling trips; during the tunnel closure, cycling trips over the bridge are expected to more than double.

 

Health and Sustainability: Pedal-assist bicycles contain a rechargeable battery that can be used to travel longer distances or boost power going up hills -- and are among the fastest-growing and most environmentally sound modes of urban travel, both around the U.S. and around the world.  One European study has shown substantial health and environmental benefits, including that pedal-assist bicycles increase cycling, especially among older users.  Research has also shown that pedal-assist bicycle trips most often replace car trips; with the ability to avoid car traffic and parking costs, trips on pedal-assist bicycles are usually both faster and cheaper.

 

 

The proposed rule provides a transportation alternative that is legal, sustainable (zero-emission) and safe.

 

The purpose of this proposed rule amendment is to clarify that pedal-assist bicycles meeting the requirements of these rules are legal to operate in New York City.  This proposed rule will recognize that pedal-assist bicycles are permissible, whereas throttle e-bikes, capable of travel at speeds over 20 MPH, may not be legally operated on public highways, which include streets, under State and city law.  Specifically, the amendments to the Traffic Rules being proposed are as follows:

 

  • Section 4-01 adds a new definition for “pedal-assist bicycle” and clarifies the definition of “bicycle” to include pedal-assist bicycles.

 

  • Section 4-12(p)(5) is a new paragraph that establishes the specific rules that apply to pedal-assist bicycles.
Subject: 

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Location: 
NYC DOT
55 Water Street, Concourse Level Entrance is located on the SE corner of 55 Water Street facing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to issue

rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York

City Charter. The rules that DOT is seeking to amend are contained within Chapters 3 and 4 of Title 34

of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to its Traffic Rules.

Local Law 91 of 2017 amends sections 10-157 and 10-157.1 of the New York City Administrative Code

(the “Admin. Code”) regarding bicycles used for commercial purposes. Based on these recent

amendments, the following changes to the Traffic Rules are being proposed:

  • Section 4-12(p)(4)(i) would be amended by adding a new definition of “bicycle operator” and

revising the definition of “business using a bicycle for commercial purposes”.

  • Section 4-12(p)(4)(ii) would be amended by deleting the bicycle safety poster posting

requirements in subparagraph (ii) and adding new registration requirements for a business

using a bicycle for commercial purposes that does not have a site within the city that is open

and available to the public.

  • Section 4-12(p)(4)(iii) – (vi) would be amended by revising the requirements for the bicycle

safety poster.

  • Section 3-01 would be amended by adding a new penalty to the Penalty Schedule.

This proposed rulemaking also includes plain language and other minor changes to Section 4-01

(“Words and phrases defined”) identified during the retrospective rules review conducted by the

Mayor’s Office of Operations with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, and the

Office of Management and Budget.

Subject: 

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Location: 
55 Water Street, Concourse Level Entrance is located on the SE corner of 55 Water St facing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

No contact

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF FINAL RULES RELATING TO THE CHANGE OF CRITERIA FOR THE REMOVAL OF DERELICT BICYCLES FROM PUBLIC PROPERTY

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with the requirements of Section 1043 of the New York City Charter and pursuant to the authority vested in the Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation by sections 753 of the New York City Charter and sections 16-122 and 16-128 of the New York City Administrative Code that the Department adopts the following rule relating to the change of criteria for the removal of derelict bicycles from public property.  The Department published a Notice of Opportunity to Comment on the proposed rule in the City Record on July 6, 2016.  On August 9, 2016, the Department held a public hearing on the proposed rule.  

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

The Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”) is amending its rule for the removal of derelict bicycles from public property by:

1) reducing the requirements of derelict condition from a minimum of three characteristics to a minimum of two characteristics,

2) removing flat or missing tires as a derelict condition characteristic, and

3) changing the minimum amount of rust cover from 75 percent to 50 percent.

 

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 (a) and (b) of the New York City Charter and by sections 16-122 and 16-128 of the New York City Administrative Code

 

 

Effective Date: 
Sun, 09/25/2016

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”) proposes to amend its rule for the removal of derelict bicycles from public property by:

1.) reducing the requirements of derelict condition from a minimum of three characteristics to a minimum of two characteristics,

2.) removing flat or missing tires as a derelict condition characteristic, and

3.) changing the minimum amount of rust cover from 75 percent to 50 percent.

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 (a) and (b) of the New York City Charter and by sections 16-122 and 16-128 of the New York City Administrative Code

Subject: 

Change of Criteria for the Removal of Derelict Bicycles from Public Property

Location: 
Conference Room
125 Worth Street Room 819
New York, NY 10013
Contact: 

Madelynn Liguori (646) 885-4786

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding highway operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(b) of the New York City Charter.

 

The purpose of the adopted rule is to provide pedestrian and cyclist safety around large construction projects.

 

The adopted rule will achieve this goal by:

·         giving the Department of Transportation Commissioner discretion to require the use of pedestrian traffic managers at selected construction sites.

·         providing experience and certification criteria for pedestrian traffic managers.

 

Background

DOT permittees  already provide staff  to  control  vehicular traffic  around  large  construction

projects. However, with the increase in bicycle ridership and pedestrian volume throughout the city, it is important that permittees also place trained pedestrian traffic managers, who will focus on bicycle and pedestrian safety, in and around major construction projects. Permittees have recently deployed pedestrian traffic managers successfully at large construction sites, such as the World Trade Center site and the reconstruction of Peck Slip in Lower Manhattan.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Mon, 01/07/2013

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter.

 

The purpose of the adopted rule is to amend paragraph 4 of subdivision p of Section 4-12 of the Rules of the City of New York to conform the rule with legislative changes made to sections 10- 157 and 10-157.1 of the Administrative Code.

 

Background

On October 25, 2012, Local Laws 52, 54, 55 and 56 of 2012 were enacted. These laws related to

commercial bicyclists and were passed to clarify and streamline requirements for businesses using bicycles for commercial purposes and their bicycle operators. Additionally, DOT was provided explicit enforcement authority for these sections of the Administrative Code.

 

As a result of these legislative changes, DOT is revising the requirements for the commercial bicyclist safety poster. These amendments align the poster to the new law and make the poster more user-friendly.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Thu, 05/30/2013

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