Content Summary For New York Bike Safety Infographic
New York Bicycle Laws
- Bicycles are permitted on all local and main streets in New York City even without a designated route.
- Obey all traffic laws such as stopping at red lights or stop signs and following marked pavements.
- You cannot have more than one earbud in your ear while riding. It is recommended to keep both of your ears clear.
- Children being carried on a bicycle must be in a properly attached child carrier and over the age of one.
- Bicyclists must signal when stopping or changing lanes using their hands and arms.
- Unless you are making a turn or it is not safe to do so, use marked bike lanes or paths when they are available.
- Ride only with traffic even in a designated bike lane.
- Working cyclists as well as children under 13 are required to wear an approved helmet. However, it is recommended for all ages.
- Use a bell to alert others of your presence.
- Bicyclists must ride in the street if they are 13 years old or older or their wheel diameter is greater than 26 inches.
- In a park, bicycling is prohibited except in designated places for bike riding.
- Bicycles must have a white headlight, a red taillight, reflectors and a bell or a horn.