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Central Park bike rental war

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A bicycle rental war is being waged in Central Park by Columbus Circle. Bike and Roll is a Parks Department-sanctioned bike rental with rental booths in the park complete with helmets and bouncer-size security guards. Bike and Roll's president says his employees are being threatened and harassed by non-licensed illegal vendors in the park while they hawk to tourists.

The individual vendors, who appeared to be trying to rent out bicycles using pedicab licenses, were not friendly to us, either.

Bike and Roll believes the individual bike renters pay no taxes on cash sales and that some individuals steal bikes to rent out.

A third group is in the mix. Sales people across the street from Central Park work for the company Bike Rental Central Park. It has a shop two blocks away with cheaper prices than Bike and Roll. They, too, call the individual bike renters illegal vendors.

The executive director of the bicycle advocacy group Transportation Alternatives says Bike and Roll pays taxes and fees for the right to rent bikes out of Central Park and no other vendor does. He says

We contacted the NYPD, Parks Department, and Consumer Affairs. By air time, only the NYPD called us back noting they had arrested some individuals with pedicab licenses for illegally trying to rent out bicycles. But it noted officers can only arrest for harassment when they actually see the harassment.

 

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