Mayor de Blasio announced this week that restaurants across New York City will be limited to take-out and delivery only for an indefinite period, and that he has instructed the NYPD to suspend enforcement against delivery workers using e-bikes. Statement of Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Danny Harris in response:
“As New York City restaurants are forced to close for dine-in customers, delivery workers will play a critical role in keeping New Yorkers fed during the coronavirus outbreak. These 40,000 workers, many of whom rely on e-bikes, are on the front lines of this crisis, yet their e-bikes remain illegal. Our elected leaders in Albany must legalize e-bikes, the vehicles which have for years allowed delivery workers to complete their rounds, and now, will literally put food on our tables.
New Yorkers owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those stepping up to support our city during this crisis.”