FAQ – NYC Bicycle Laws

In order to ensure the safety of bicyclists, the state of New York has enacted certain laws and regulations that all New York City bicycle riders must abide by when riding their bike. The legal team at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding New York’s laws that apply to bicyclists. If you have additional questions or would like to request a free consultation with a New York City bicycle attorney, contact our law firm today.

Can I get a bicycle ticket?

All New York City bicyclists are obligated to follow the same laws and regulations as other motorists on the road. Therefore, if you violate the laws, you will be subject to traffic tickets. In addition, parents can be held responsible for any violation of laws committed by their minor children.

If I get a ticket while riding my bike, will it result in a point on my DMV record?

Although you will need to take care of your bicycle ticket just as you would need to take care of any other moving motor violation ticket, bicycle and pedestrian tickets are not subject to the New york State Point System.

On what roads am I permitted to ride a bicycle?

While New York City bicyclists have the legal right to share the road and most public highways, they are prohibited on interstate highways and expressways. Moreover, authorities with jurisdiction over other controlled-access highways may prohibit bicycles.

Can I ride my bike on the sidewalk?

Although New York statutes do not prohibit riding a bicycle on the sidewalks of NYC, some municipalities have passed ordinances prohibiting bicycle traffic on certain sidewalks.

Am I subject to the same traffic laws as motorists?

Yes. Bikes are legal vehicles and have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists on the streets of New York. All New York City bicycle riders, pedestrians and car drivers must follow traffic laws. This includes stopping at stop signs, yielding to pedestrians, and obeying traffic signals.

How can I prepare for turns at intersections while riding a bike?

Generally, bicyclists should use the same lanes as motorists when making a turn. The position a bicyclist takes when preparing to make a turn is governed by the same turning rules that are applicable to other motorists on the road.

A bicyclist may also choose to get off his or her bicycle and use the pedestrian crosswalk, especially on the more busy streets of NYC.

Can I wear earphones and listen to music while riding my bike?

You can only wear one earphone attached to a radio, CD player or other audio device while riding your New York City bicycle.

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