Biking Laws in NYC

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New York City Bike Law & Signage

Obey Traffic Signs and Signals
As vehicles, bicycles must obey all NYC Traffic Rules. Cyclists have the same rights, privileges and duties as other vehicular traffic.

Never Ride Against Traffic
Motorists and pedestrians are not looking for bicyclists riding against traffic. It is illegal and dangerous. Ride with traffic to avoid accidents.                       

Stay Off Sidewalks:Bikes are not permitted on sidewalks unless bike wheels are less than 26 inches in diameter and the rider is 12 years or younger, or signs allow.

Ride in a Straight Line: Avoid dodging between parked cars. Ride in a straight line at least three feet away from parked cars. Watch for cars pulling out of parking spaces.

One Person Per Bike:Riding double is only permitted when carrying a child, age one or older, in an approved carrier or when riding on a tandem bike. Cyclists under age 14 must always wear a helmet.

Use Hand Signals:Signal all turns and stops ahead of time. Look over your shoulder for any traffic, then make your intended move only when it is safe to do so.

For complete New York City cyclist Guide, please visit the official website at

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