New York City Bicycle Laws & Regulations

The State of New York and New York City has enacted certain laws and regulations to protect cyclists as well as to control the conduct of cyclists on its roadways. While some of the rules are applicable both in NYC and throughout the State, others are not. Understanding the rules and abiding by them are very important to ensure your safety while riding a bike on the busy streets of New York.

At Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand that even the most cautious bicyclists who abide by all of the rules may still get injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another. Our team of experienced New York City bicycle attorneys are dedicated to getting you the full compensation that you deserve.

New York Laws On Bicycle Riding and Safety

Bicycling in New York is governed by a series of laws and regulations, which are found in the State’s Vehicle and Traffic Laws.  Although bicyclists have the legal right to share the road on most public highways, they must do so while complying with the governing State laws and regulations. If a bicyclist fails to abide by the law, they may be ticketed like other motor vehicle drivers on the road.

Below is a summary of some of the most important rules and regulations for bicyclists in New York:

  • Bicyclists must ride with traffic, traveling in the same direction as other vehicles on the road.
  • Bicyclists riding on the roadway are granted all of the rights and subject to all of the duties applicable to other drivers on the road.
  • If there is a bicycle lane, the rider must use it except to avoid a hazard or to turn left.
  • Bicyclists are not permitted to ride on New York’s interstate highways and expressways. Local jurisdictions can prohibit bicycles elsewhere.
  • Helmets must be worn by bicyclists under 14 years of age. Local jurisdictions may have additional helmet requirements for riders over 14.
  • A bicyclist is prohibited from wearing more than one earphone when listening to a radio or other audio device.

If you are unclear about the governing New York bicycle laws, our New York City bicycle attorneys can provide you with more information and/or guidance. You can also click on the links below for a more complete and detailed list of the rules throughout the State and City, as well as those applicable to bicycle delivery persons and Pedicabs in NYC.

Contact Us For More Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the rules and regulations of bicycling in New York City or any other part of New York State, or have been involved in an accident and sustained serious injuries, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. at (212) 584-2494 to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced New York City bicycle attorneys.


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