“Having an officer focused on bike lanes will mean fewer vehicles blocking the bike lane and more people obeying the law,” Kallos said, adding, “We hear so much in the 17th and 19th Precincts about bike safety issues, and the commanding officers are responding to concerns and are doing more than I think anywhere else in the city.”

Kallos and Powers have partnered with the DOT and Bike New York to sponsor bike safety training sessions. Kallos praised the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association for conducting its third annual survey of local businesses’ bicycle delivery practices, including whether delivery riders use illegal electric bikes or wear helmets and vests with identification. As of October, police with the 17th and 19th Precincts had confiscated 81 e-bikes this year.

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