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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 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

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

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, April 19, 2013
Proposed 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 proposed rule is to amend Section 4-12(p)(4) 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 proposing revisions to its rules to change the requirements for the commercial bicyclist poster provided for in the Administrative Code and DOT’s rules. These proposed rule amendments would align the poster to the new law and would make the poster more user-friendly.

 

 

Subject: 

Opportunity to comment on proposed amendment by the Department of Transportation of rules relating to the commercial bicyclist safety poster.

Location: 
DOT
55 Water Street 8th Floor, Room 809
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

Kim Wiley-Schwartz
Assistant Commissioner, Education and Outreach
New York City Department of Transportation
59 Maiden Lane, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10038
212-839-4778