Some Restaurants Say Cyclists Are Traveling Too Fast By Outdoor Dining Areas

When the pandemic hit, restaurants in New York City set up outdoor dining sheds, many next to bike lanes, but as CBS2's Kiran Dhillon reports, some restaurants now say some cyclists are going far too fast by their spaces, putting their customers and staff in danger.

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- When the pandemic hit, restaurants in New York City set up those outdoor dining sheds, many which run right along bike lanes. But as "CBS 2's" Kiran Dhillion reports, some restaurants say that some cyclists are driving far too fast by the restaurant spaces putting customers and staff in danger.

JOSE CHU: They came up this way-- Or they came from this way going up to like 20 miles per hour.

KIRAN DHILLION: Jose Chu is fed up. He's a manager at Flor De Mayo on the Upper West Side and says for months he's watched cyclists on bikes accelerate as they drive through the bike lane next to the restaurant's outdoor dining set up.

JOSE CHU: They don't slow down for anybody who tries to walk across. It's not just annoying, it's also dangerous.

KIRAN DHILLION: Last week, Chu says a child was almost hit by someone on an E-bike. That's when he decided to take matters into his own hands, buying two speed bumps off Amazon placing them in the bike lane next to the restaurant.

JOSE CHU: Those bicycle can easily weigh [? 200-300 ?] pounds now and, God forbid, hit a kid they can easily kill somebody.

KIRAN DHILLION: But Chu's idea of slowing down E-bikes didn't last long. Soon after, he says a department of transportation inspector came by saying the bumps had to go.

JON ORCUTT: The bumps themselves are very sharp, so you can throw somebody's front wheel out.

KIRAN DHILLION: The advocacy group Bike New York says it feels for restaurant staff and customers, but says the bumps are not safe. The group says, it's the city's responsibility to get cyclists to slow down with more signs and more public awareness campaigns.

JON ORCUTT: You really don't see very much. Like, DOT Commissioner Gutman could just come out and address some of these interactions.

KIRAN DHILLION: Cyclists we spoke to are split on the issue. Some say, if you're going slow enough a speed bump shouldn't really be an issue. But others say, any material a bike can trip up on is extremely dangerous.

- You can see it from afar, so I think it's no problem.

- On this thing it's very dangerous, because it's maybe three times heavier than regular bike.

KIRAN DHILLION: Back at Flor De Mayo, Chu says he's at a loss of what to do. He says signs asking cyclists to slow down have not worked.

JOSE CHU: A sign is not going to stop anybody who is in a hurry.

KIRAN DHILLION: He says, if speed bumps aren't the answer the city needs to increase ticketing for E-bikers who are speeding or not yielding to pedestrians. On the Upper West Side, Kiran Dhillion, "CBS 2 News."

- The Department of Transportation says the speed bumps in this case were not permitted because they are hazards to the cyclists.