How to avoid bicycle accidents

How to avoid bicycle accidents

AVOID BICYCLE ACCIDENTS

Follow the Rules of the Road

  • Use bike lanes or bike paths when available. A bicycle lane is a portion of the road designated by stripping, signing and pavement markings for the exclusive use of bicyclists. A bicycle path is physically separated from motorized vehicles.
  • New York City law requires bicyclists to ride on the street, never on the sidewalks.
  • Riding is not permitted on expressways, drives, highways, interstate routes, bridges and thruways unless authorized by posted signs.
  • Cyclists must ride on the right side of the roadway with some exceptions. Cyclists may use either side of a 40-foot one-way roadway.
  • A bicyclist cannot attach himself or the bicycle to another vehicle being operated on the roadway.
  • Cyclists must obey all signs and pavement markings and must comply with all red lights and stop signs.
  • New York City law requires bike riders to ride with traffic and to keep right when possible.
  • When the road is too narrow to allow other motorists to safely pass, bicyclists have the right to ride in the middle of the road.
  • Bicyclists must not ride more than two abreast.
  • Use hand signals, ride in a straight line, ride predictably and do not weave.
  • Riders must keep at least one hand on the handlebars and feet must be on pedals.
  • Only one earphone can be worn while riding a bicycle.
  • Establish eye contact with drivers when maneuvering.
  • Look for drivers as well as passengers on the traffic side of a parked vehicle and be prepared for doors opening in your path.
  • Be visible and wear bright clothing. Use reflective material and lights at night.
  • There are specific rules regarding bicycles used for commercial purposes such as the business being identified on the bicycle by name and identification number. The rider should have the business name on helmet and the back of upper body apparel.
  • If involved in an accident resulting in death or injury to person or damage to property, the cyclist must stop and give name, address, insurance information, etc. and must report to Police Department.

The following links provide excellent safety guidance for New York City Cyclists

NEW YORK CITY DOT – BICYCLE SAFETY NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK CITY DOT – BIKE SMART

THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CYCLING IN NEW YORK CITY