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Bike Safety in New York City

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As a supplement to New York City’s biking laws, we’ve collected some excellent tips on how you can make bike riding safer and more enjoyable, regardless of whether you commute to work on your bike, ride for pleasure or as part of your job.

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Bike Safety in New York City

  1. 1. BIKE SAFETY IN NEW YORK CITY CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  2. 2. Safety tips for bicycling in New York City The New York City DOT reports that ridership continues to rise steadily every year, which amplifies the fact that NYC is one of the nation’s top cities for people who ride bikes. As a supplement to New York City’s biking laws, we’ve collected some excellent tips on how you can make bike riding safer and more enjoyable, regardless of whether you commute to work on your bike, ride for pleasure or as part of your job. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  3. 3. Ride in the street and wear a helmet. Do not ride on the sidewalks unless you are age 12 or younger and your bicycle's wheels are 26 inches or less in diameter. Always ride with traffic, never against it. All riders age 13 or younger are required by law to wear an approved safety helmet, as are working cyclists. But helmets are a good idea for cyclists of all ages, to protect against head injuries from a fall. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  4. 4. Stop at all red lights and stop signs. Obey all traffic signals, signs and pavement markings, and watch out for pedestrians, motor vehicles or other cyclists. Wait for the green at red lights unless you see a sign that says “BIKES USE PED SIGNAL.” CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  5. 5. Always be aware of your surroundings. Don't wear earphones. The law allows you to wear one earbud; but considering all that swirls around you, keeping two clear ears is much safer. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  6. 6. Use marked bike lanes or paths when they are available. If the road is too narrow for a bicycle and a car to travel safely side by side, you can legally ride in the middle of your travel lane. Bicycling is permitted on all main and local streets throughout NYC, even when there is no bicycle-marked route. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  7. 7. Ride in a straight line. Do not weave in and out of traffic. Riding consistently and predictably lessens the chances of your colliding with a motor vehicle, pedestrian or another cyclist -- or that they’ll crash into you. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  8. 8. Look, signal, and look again before changing lanes or making a turn. As you approach an intersection, look first in the direction traffic is coming from, then the other, then toward traffic again before proceeding through the intersection. Establish eye contact with drivers. And make certain they see you before executing a turn or riding in front of a turning car. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  9. 9. Watch out for car doors!!! Be prepared for a car door to suddenly open in your path. When possible, leave room between yourself and parked cars (hopefully, at least three feet) to avoid car doors that open unexpectedly. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  10. 10. Be seen and heard. Stay visible. Wear brightly colored clothing for daytime riding. At night, wear garments with reflective materials and lights. Use your bell. It alerts drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists of your presence. Having a bell on your bike is required by law. Use a white headlight and a red taillight. These help at night, especially at dusk when it is most difficult to see others. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  11. 11. Children on Bicycles Children under age one (1) cannot be carried on a bicycle. Children must be carried in a properly affixed child carrier. Child cyclists under age 13 must wear an approved helmet. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  12. 12. Commercial Cyclists Bike riders inexpensively, quickly, and efficiently deliver documents and parcels. In addition to the biking laws, you should also know NYC’s laws and rules that govern commercial bicycling. Click here for more safety tips for commercial cyclists. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  13. 13. For Further Information If you’ve been hit by a negligent driver while you were riding your bicycle, the professionals at Kaplan Lawyers PC are available to answer your legal questions. Contact us to arrange a free case evaluation. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364

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