Revise Chicago's bicycle messenger ordinance to specify that bicycle messengers must wear a suitable helmet while working and establish a mechanism to advise messenger services of infractions by their employees.

Strategy 8.2.2 Details

Chapter 8Bicycle Messengers: Bicycle messengers provide a valuable service, delivering material in a timely and an environmentally-friendly manner. Chicago's bicycle messenger companies employ more than 300 bicyclists who make an estimated 1.1 million deliveries each year. This chapter identifies three objectives intended to encourage more use of bicycle messengers and encourage safe and responsible riding.
Objective 2Encourage a safe work environment for bicycle messengers.

Strategy 2

Revise Chicago's bicycle messenger ordinance to specify that bicycle messengers must wear a suitable helmet while working and establish a mechanism to advise messenger services of infractions by their employees.

Currently, there is no requirement for messengers to fasten helmets while working, exposing bicycle messengers to severe head injuries in the event of an accident. There is also no mechanism to advise messenger services when employees are cited, which has led to situations where messenger services receive default judgments and large fines. Establish procedures to deal with repeat offenders.

Peformance MeasureRevise the bicycle messenger ordinance by 2007.
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