Bicycle Safety

According to the Mayor's Management Report for 20161, the number of cyclist deaths in New York City increased 25% from the previous year. Additionally, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) reports that, "89% of cyclist fatalities occur at intersections"2. Below are tips to improve your awareness and safety while biking in the City.

Safety Tips
  • Wear a helmet
    • Wear it level on your head
    • Wear it two finger widths above your eyebrows
    • Always buckle the chin strap snuggly
  • Put away cellphones and other electronics
  • Ride in the direction of traffic
  • Stop at all red lights and stop signs  
  • Do not weave between traffic or lane-to-lane
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing or accessories
  • Never attempt to ride a broken bike
    • If your bike is not in proper working order, you should get off and walk your bike on the sidewalk to your destination or repair shop
  • Use the official NYC Bike Map to plan trips and view bicycle lanes (nyc.gov/bikemap)

Summary of New York City Bicycle Laws, Rules and Regulations3

  • Comply with Traffic Rules
  • Bicyclists are required to use hand signals when turning or stopping (see figure 1)
  • Bicycles must use bike lanes or paths when available
  • Do not ride bikes on sidewalks (unless under the age of 13)
  • Riders must not wear more than one earphone
  • A white headlight and red taillight must be used from dusk to dawn
  • Reflective devices are required on tires or other devices
  • Bell or another audible signal is required

 


1http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/operations/downloads/pdf/mmr2016/2016_mmr.pdf

2http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/dot_bikesmart_brochure.pdf

3http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/bicyclerules_english.pdf