Staying Safe While Cycling in New York—Rules to Protect Yourself on the RoadCycling has become an increasingly common way to get around New York City, but even with all of the added bike lanes, it can be dangerous. To protect themselves from negligent drivers, cyclists must observe safety rules to the letter since they compete with both pedestrians and motor vehicles on the streets of New York City.
Pursuant to § 4-02 (a) of the New York City Traffic Rules and Regulations, cyclists in New York City are subject to the entire body of provisions of the N.Y.C. Traffic Rules. Like the drivers of motor vehicles, cyclists involved in any accident resulting in death or injury must stop and provide their name, address, insurance information, and any other necessary information, as well as report the accident to the New York City Police Department.
Here are some guidelines for cyclists that will help them, and their fellow New Yorkers, stay safe while using our city’s streets:

  • Ride predictably. Do not weave in and out of traffic, and try to maintain a straight route.
  • Obey the law. Observe all traffic signs and signals.
  • Change lanes or turn with the utmost care. When changing lanes or making a turn, look, signal and then look a second time before completing the move.
  • Make yourself highly visible. Make sure drivers see you before executing a turn or riding in front of a turning car. Wear brightly colored clothing for daytime riding. At night, use reflective materials and lights.
  • Always use safety devices. NYC law requires the use of a bell, which alerts drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists that you are present. Although helmets are only legally required for working cyclists and those age 13 or younger, all cyclists should wear a helmet at all times.
  • Always be aware of obstacles in the road, especially car doors. Ride defensively. Be prepared for potholes and ice, and be alert for an inattentive driver or passenger who may suddenly open a car door in your immediate path.
  • Don’t wear anything that impairs your sense of sight or hearing. Although the law allows cyclists to wear one earbud, increase your level of safety by not wearing any. Don’t wear anything on your head that makes it difficult to maintain the largest, widest field of vision possible.

If you are involved in an accident while cycling on our city’s streets, first and foremost, immediately seek any necessary medical attention. Once this act of first priority is accomplished, consulting with an experienced New York personal injury attorney may ensure that you recover for all of your losses and receive the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled.
Don’t trust the insurance company of the party allegedly at fault. In the end, you may receive less than a fair recovery for your losses. The experienced trial lawyers at Bonina and Bonina, P.C. will conduct a complete and thorough investigation to determine fault and gather all of the evidence in support of your case so that you receive the compensation that you justly deserve. We have the expertise to measure and determine all damages, including any economic and future losses.
At Bonina and Bonina, P.C., we have been successfully fighting for New Yorkers injured in car, pedestrian, and cycling accidents for over 50 years. Our seasoned trial attorneys offer the necessary assistance to help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at 1-888-MedLaw1 or online so we may help you. The consultation with an experienced, knowledgeable attorney is free!]]>