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New York City’s final cargo bike rules declared a victory for sustainable freight deliveries

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Source: eBikes International

On March 28, 2024, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced finalized regulations for cargo bikes marking a significant milestone in promoting sustainable delivery practices.

According to Streetsblog NYC, these new regulations permit extended bike-trailer combinations and introduce the use of four-wheeled cargo bikes resembling vans, heralding a potential revolution in cargo transportation towards eco-friendly alternatives.

In a statement, DOT acknowledged adjustments made to the initial draft rules following feedback gathered during the public comment period, indicating a receptive approach to industry input. The updated regulations now permit the use of pedal-assist electric-cargo bicycles measuring up to four feet wide, with four wheels, and extending up to 192 inches in length (inclusive of trailers). This is a considerable expansion from the previous limit of 120 inches, which would have restricted the operations of established delivery fleets from Whole Foods and Amazon.

Ben Morris of Coaster Cycles praised DOT’s efforts, noting their successful balancing of public and private interests. This development signifies a step forward in accommodating the evolving needs of the transportation sector while advancing environmental sustainability objectives.

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